By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Nov 24, 2008 at 11:45 AM

For decades, Riverwest residents have shared an inside joke: that someday Riverwest will secede from the nation and become a independent territory.

In a similar spirit, a few Riverwesters had an idea that would provide the community with its own currency. The concept is legal, and received attention on a national level, including Newsweek magazine.

The proposed "local currency" system, called River Currency, would work just like real money, but only in Riverwest. River Currency, however, is worth twice the value of real money. For example, a $10 bill can be exchanged for $20 in River Currency.

"Dozens of such systems flourished during the Great Depression," reads the Newsweek article.

Read the Newsweek article here.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.