13 Facts About Mississippi River

1. Mississippi River is the second-longest river and chief river of the second-largest drainage system in North America, second only to the Hudson Bay drainage system.

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2. Uppermost lock and dam on the Upper Mississippi River is the Upper St Anthony Falls Lock and Dam in Minneapolis.

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3. Upper Mississippi River is joined by the Minnesota River at Fort Snelling in the Twin Cities; the St Croix River near Prescott, Wisconsin; the Cannon River near Red Wing, Minnesota; the Zumbro River at Wabasha, Minnesota; the Black, La Crosse, and Root rivers in La Crosse, Wisconsin; the Wisconsin River at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin; the Rock River at the Quad Cities; the Iowa River near Wapello, Iowa; the Skunk River south of Burlington, Iowa; and the Des Moines River at Keokuk, Iowa.

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4. The reduction in sediment transported down the Mississippi River is the result of engineering modification of the Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio rivers and their tributaries by dams, meander cutoffs, river-training structures, and bank revetments and soil erosion control programs in the areas drained by them.

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5. At its source at Lake Itasca, the Mississippi River is about 3 feet deep.

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6. Many of the communities along the Mississippi River are listed below; most have either historic significance or cultural lore connecting them to the river.

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7. US government scientists determined in the 1950s that the Mississippi River was starting to switch to the Atchafalaya River channel because of its much steeper path to the Gulf of Mexico.

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8. Mississippi River was spelled Mississipi or Missisipi during French Louisiana and was known as the Riviere Saint-Louis.

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9. Mark Twain's book, Life on the Mississippi River, covered the steamboat commerce, which took place from 1830 to 1870, before more modern ships replaced the steamer.

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10. The Upper Mississippi River was treacherous, unpredictable and to make traveling worse, the area was not properly mapped out or surveyed.

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11. Mississippi River referred to his voyage as a promenade that was once a journey on the Mississippi.

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12. The Mississippi River was completely changed by the steamboat era as it transformed into a flourishing tourist trade.

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13. In 1988, the water level of the Mississippi River fell to 10 feet below zero on the Memphis gauge.

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