Your Mississippi River
The Mississippi River cuts a 2,300-mile path through the heart and imagination of the United States. It is the perfect natural treasure for the middle of the country: it’s subtle, understated beauty doesn’t lend itself to boasting. While the Rockies may inspire people to climb great heights, the Mississippi invites us to slow down and relax, to contemplate.
I’ve been getting to know this river and its people for the past decade. I read about it; I listen to stories; and I experience it for myself from the tops of bluffs and the seats of canoes.
It’s an immense river, with a history to match. Much of the lore is about the big events—the Civil War, steamboat races, epic floods—but the lure is the little things: the tundra swan migration, mist rising from the backwaters in fall, thick carpets of lotus and lilies, a summer sunset of pale golden light spilling across the faces of yellow limestone bluffs.
The Mississippi, unlike many other national treasures, is fully integrated into the daily routines of the people who live along its banks, who visit the river to fish, boat, or just to hang out. You don’t just visit the river on a few special occasions in your life; it is PART of your life.
You don’t have to live next to the river to be part of it, though. The Mississippi is your river, wherever you live. Come along with me and get to know your river a little better.
Fire up your Harley, drop the top on your convertible, lace up your hiking boots, push your kayak into the water, or hop on your bicycle. Let’s get going.
You’ll find a lot about the river on this site, including facts about the Mississippi (like its length and depth and major floods), river town histories with tips for visitors, photo galleries, and music inspired by the Mississippi. If you want to go deeper, you can browse feature articles or buy books about the river. Just follow the links below or use the search box above to go directly to what you’re looking for. Enjoy!