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Support Nature Tourism on the Mississippi River

You may not have noticed, but there is a growing interest in nature tourism on the Mississippi River. I’m spent most of my time in the past few years along the northern half of the Mississippi, so I’m pretty familiar with the opportunities for nature tourism in those areas. I’m only now beginning to explore […]

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Langston Hughes: The Negro Speaks of Rivers

Here’s a treat I want to share today. NPR and Codeswitch asked artist Afua Richardson to create a piece to illustrate a favorite work of art. She chose to illustrate the Langston Hughes poem, The Negro Speaks of Rivers. You can see what she created here. But wait, there’s more! Open that page to see the […]

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Unintended Consequences

In 1831, Henry Shreve, a riverboat captain who was always looking for ways to make it easier to navigate the Mississippi River, saw a bottleneck on the lower Mississippi and wanted to do something about it. At Turnbull’s Bend, the river made an 18-mile meander where it connected the Mississippi to the Red River to […]

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