He makes his way towards the Gulf of Mexico. It's a distance of 1, miles as the crow flies, but more like 2, miles along the meandering course that he chooses.
It will be several weeks before the waters that rise in Minnesota eventually flow out past the ocean-going ships tied up at New Orleans , and mingle with the salt of the sea. Of course, Old Man River has been making more or less the same southward journey for thousands of years: long before anyone thought of calling him "Old Man River", he had no name.
It was the Algonquin Indians who gave him the name "Mississippi"; in their language, the name meant Great River. The name has stuck. The first European to set eyes on the great river was a Spanish explorer, called De Soto, who came across the mouth of the river in ; yet it was not until over a century later that the Mississippi river began to take a significant place in the history of North America.
In a French explorer called La Salle set off from the Great Lakes region, followed the Ohio river, and eventually reached the coast.
Louisans, where the age of the steamboat becomes prominent. Perhaps what is most interesting about this section is how the stereotype and myths of this mode of transportation is broken down.
The average life of steamboat was three years, and that life usually ended catastrophically with either a boiler explosion or shipwreck on the treacherous Mississippi. Likewise, African Americans often served as the labor feeding the boilers in the engine room, and many steamboats were complicit in the Slave Trade bringing slaves from St. Louis to the Deep South. The communal lavatories were often hotbeds of cholera hence the establishment of Quarantine Island south of St.
Louis, where those showing signs of illness were dumped before docking in St. Visit the many onsite museums where you can view Elvis' many jumpsuits and gold records, as well his collection of automobiles and custom jets. This is a Signature shore excursion and should be reserved in advance. Please call for information. Originally founded in by Spanish Governor Esteban Rodriguez, early settlers of New Madrid were required to become citizens of Spain in order to reside here.
Begin on the picturesque, newly completed river-way before continuing on to the Historical Museum. Guests have the option of visiting any sites of their interest. Enjoy the charming features of this historic town that was a French trading post and lively river port in the late s. Marvel at the outdoor murals reflecting the area's rich heritage and enjoy shore excursions to Crisp Museum and the Old Vincent Church. Join a local guide on a narrated tour of Cape Girardeau and stop at the Crisp Museum.
A part of the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University, the museum features fine art exhibitions, prehistoric Native American artifacts, one of the largest collections of ceramic conch shell effigies in North America, and interpretive regional history displays. Upon arrival, watch a wonderful introductory film, followed by a museum tour, where you can view a life-sized replica of a Native American dwelling.
The evening before arriving in Cape Girardeau, your onboard historian will paint a vivid picture of the Cherokee peoples' crossing of the Mississippi River to land in present-day Oklahoma. The forced march became known by the Cherokee people as the Trail of Tears due to its devastating effects. Memorializing this event is the Trail of Tears State Park. Chester is a beautiful region of Illinois located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, with a diverse and storied history. Chester is also home to Popeye's creator Elzie C.
Segar; you may see the sailor man's likeness in the town's six-foot-tall bronze metal statue. Visit the Cohen Memorial Home whose bright blue windows even caught the attention of Mark Twain as he traveled the Mississippi.
Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site is a acre park on a bluff top overlooking the Mississippi River, which commemorates the vanished frontier town of Old Kaskaskia. Enjoy St. Enjoy a narrated tour of downtown St. Louis, the riverfront, Citygarden, and the historic neighborhoods of Soulard and Lafayette Square. Delight in a visit to St. Louis' 1, acre Forest Park, known as a natural oasis in an urban environment.
Stop at the Cathedral Basilica, where you explore the interior if this stunning church which rivals the cathedrals in Rome, Italy. Note: This excursion is only offered on select cruises ending in St. Louis, delve into the history of the Gateway City from its founding through the new millennium.
Note: This excursion is only offered on cruises ending in St. Curl up with a good book in one of our spacious lounges. Louis to Hannibal. The downtown area is a thriving haven for artisans, filled with specialty shops unique to Hannibal. Visit the actual home that Mark Twain grew up in, which is surrounded by the legendary whitewashed fence of Tom Sawyer. The vivid stories told by Mark Twain come to life at this interactive museum.
Stop at the Interpretive Center, home to 15 original Normal Rockwell paintings. Your experienced guide will share the history of Hannibal and take you to places of significance, including the Rockcliffe Mansion, an amazing 13, square foot American castle built to overlook the mighty Mississippi River. Army to maintain control over the newly acquired Louisiana Territory. Today, Fort Madison offers visitors a vibrant cultural scene, bucolic landscapes, and an active agri-tourism industry which celebrates the American heartland.
Explore its many historic districts, where you can admire the well-preserved Victorian and Post Renaissance architecture. Stop at Fort Madison, an active military outpost from to and the only known War of battlefield in the state of Iowa. Visit the Iowa Territorial Prison, the longest continually used penitentiary in the United States, operational from January of to August of View the original cell block which still stands in testament to the frontier justice that was handed out throughout the heartland.
Stop at the Hinterland Dairy Farmstead Cheese, a working farm where a farmer will tell you about its history, how production works, as well as other insights about life at the farm.
Explore the brand new state-of-the-art cheese production facility and learn about the process of cheese making from start to finish.
Stop at the onsite shop featuring all Iowa-made products and of course, the cheese! Visit the Harvestville Farm, a 5th generation family farm. Explore the farm, enjoy a trip through the corn maze, browse through the retail barn, and even take a wagon ride through the acreage. You will have an opportunity to pick up some homemade treats and goods that are either made right there on the farm or by a local vendor.
The Legacy of John Deere, the largest agricultural exhibit in the world, takes place here. Enjoy a stop at the John Deere Pavilion and Store. Enjoy a guided tour of the Hauberg Indian Museum.
During the tour, view full-size replicas of Sauk winter and summer homes, dioramas with life-size figures of the Sauk and Meskwaki Indians, and traditional artifacts, including authentic trade goods and jewelry.
Dubuque is among the oldest settlements west of the Mississippi River. Delight in an exploration of some of the highlights of Dubuque.
First, stop at Steeple Square Event Center, one of the oldest catholic churches in Dubuque that was renovated into a vibrant community gathering space. Listen as your guide discusses the changes that have shaped the future of this important Dubuque icon.
Take a guided exploration of the beautiful landscapes adorned with over varieties of hostas, an amazing Japanese Garden, beautiful rose gardens, English Garden, and so much more! Visit the Convivium Urban Farmstead, a center which celebrates the efforts of local gardeners with onsite cooking and gardening classes as well as a restaurant that serves local produce. On this guided tour, learn about the lives of the pioneers, explorers, and artists who once lived along the Mississippi River.
Get close to nature, as you make your way through six large aquariums. Reflect on the incredible journey you have experienced so far and get ready for the final leg of the trip, cruising the Upper Mississippi River. Step into 19th-century America in La Crosse, located on the banks of three legendary rivers. Visit the Riverside Museum which traces the rich history of La Crosse or Dahl Auto Museum with an expansive collection restored classic cars.
Explore Grandad Bluff Park with walking trails which offer spectacular views of the city. Cruise along the scenic Mississippi River on a classic paddlewheeler, as your tour guide highlights current and historical facts about the area and tests your knowledge with trivia along the way.
Witness some of the most beautiful views in the Midwest, including native wildlife and steep bluffs on the river. Take a narrated tour of this wonderful city. Discover the historic downtown with its late 19th and early 20th-century buildings, as well as the well-preserved residential neighborhoods. Nestled among the scenic bluffs of the Upper Mississippi River, Red Wing's beauty has inspired craftsmen and artisans for over years.
Red Wing offers a diverse blend of arts, entertainment, and activities. This comparative table of rivers and mountains of the world is from an Atlas published in the United States. The Mississippi River is the first one on the left. By Betsy Mason. Storybook American towns and vibrant, bustling cities provide a bit of excitement between peaceful fields of gold, majestic panoramas and high bluffs.
There is no better way to see America than from the perspective of the river, for the river has played a tremendous role in the shaping of this beautiful country and the lives of the people who inhabit it.The Mighty Mississippi The Mighty Mississippi The Mighty Mississippi. Informational (nonfiction), words, Level K (Grade 2), Lexile L Multilevel Book also available in levels H and N From Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River runs its mighty course. The Mighty Mississippi introduces readers to the geography and the many benefits of the river to people and .