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Mississippi River

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The Mississippi River is the second-longest river and chief river of the second-largest drainage system on the North American continent, second only to the Hudson Bay drainage system. Its source is Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota and it flows generally south for 2,320 miles (3,730 km) to the Mississippi River Delta in the Gulf of Mexico. With its many tributaries, the Mississippi's watershed drains all or parts of 32 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces between the Rocky and Appalachian mountains. The main stem is entirely within the United States; the total drainage basin is 1,151,000 sq mi (2,980,000 km2), of which only about one percent is in Canada. The Mississippi ranks as the fourth-longest and fifteenth-largest river by discharge in the world. The river either borders or passes through the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.Native Americans have lived along the Mississippi River and its tributaries for thousands of years. Most were hunter-gatherers, but some, such as the Mound Builders, formed prolific agricultural societies. The arrival of Europeans in the 16th century changed the native way of life as first explorers, then settlers, ventured into the basin in increasing numbers. The river served first as a barrier, forming borders for New Spain, New France, and the early United States, and then as a vital transportation artery and communications link. In the 19th century, during the height of the ideology of manifest destiny, the Mississippi and several western tributaries, most notably the Missouri, formed pathways for the western expansion of the United States.
Formed from thick layers of the river's silt deposits, the Mississippi embayment is one of the most fertile regions of the United States; steamboats were widely used in the 19th and early 20th centuries to ship agricultural and industrial goods. During the American Civil War, the Mississippi's capture by Union forces marked a turning point towards victory, due to the river's strategic importance to the Confederate war effort. Because of substantial growth of cities and the larger ships and barges that replaced steamboats, the first decades of the 20th century saw the construction of massive engineering works such as levees, locks and dams, often built in combination. A major focus of this work has been to prevent the lower Mississippi from shifting into the channel of the Atchafalaya River and bypassing New Orleans.
Since the 20th century, the Mississippi River has also experienced major pollution and environmental problems – most notably elevated nutrient and chemical levels from agricultural runoff, the primary contributor to the Gulf of Mexico dead zone.
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Mississippi River

Mississippi River

River in the United States of America

  • Desc: The Mississippi River is the second-longest river and chief river of the second-largest drainage system on the North American continent, second only to the Hudson Bay drainage system.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_River
  • Type: Thing, BodyOfWater, RiverBodyOfWater, Place
  • Result Score: 1944.01
Western United States

Western United States

Region

  • Desc: The Western United States is the region comprising the westernmost states of the United States. As European settlement in the U.S. expanded westward through the centuries, the meaning of the term the West changed.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_United_States
  • Type: Thing, Place
  • Result Score: 587.85

Mississippi Delta

Region

  • Desc: The Mississippi Delta, also known as the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta, is the distinctive northwest section of the U.S. state of Mississippi which lies between the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_Delta
  • Type: Thing, Place
  • Result Score: 556.02
Great Mississippi Flood of 1927

Great Mississippi Flood of 1927

Flood

I-35W Mississippi River bridge

I-35W Mississippi River bridge

Truss arch bridge in Minnesota

  • Desc: The I-35W Mississippi River bridge was an eight-lane, steel truss arch bridge that carried Interstate 35W across the Saint Anthony Falls of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-35W_Mississippi_River_bridge
  • Type: Bridge, Place, Thing, TouristAttraction
  • Result Score: 460.49
Great Flood of 1993

Great Flood of 1993

Flood

  • Desc: The Great Flood of 1993 was a flood that occurred in the Midwestern United States, along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and their tributaries, from April to October 1993.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Flood_of_1993
  • Type: Event, Thing
  • Result Score: 390.89

Mississippi River–Gulf Outlet Canal

River

  • Desc: The Mississippi River – Gulf Outlet Canal is a 76 mi channel constructed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers at the direction of Congress in the mid-20th century that provided a shorter route between the Gulf of Mexico and New Orleans' inner harbor Industrial Canal via the Intracoastal Waterway.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_River%E2%80%93Gulf_Outlet_Canal
  • Type: Thing, Place, BodyOfWater
  • Result Score: 347.40
Mississippi River System

Mississippi River System

River basin

  • Desc: The Mississippi River System, also referred to as the Western Rivers, is a mostly riverine network of the United States which includes the Mississippi River and connecting waterways.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_River_System
  • Type: Thing, TouristAttraction, Place
  • Result Score: 342.14
Siege of Vicksburg

Siege of Vicksburg

Siege

  • Desc: The Siege of Vicksburg was the final major military action in the Vicksburg Campaign of the American Civil War. In a series of maneuvers, Union Maj. Gen. Ulysses S.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Vicksburg
  • Type: Event, Thing
  • Result Score: 325.78
Lower Mississippi River

Lower Mississippi River

Body of water

  • Desc: The Lower Mississippi River is the portion of the Mississippi River downstream of Cairo, Illinois. From the confluence of the Ohio River and Upper Mississippi River at Cairo, the Lower flows just under 1600 kilometers to the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lower_Mississippi_River
  • Type: Thing, Place
  • Result Score: 290.62
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

Wildlife refuge in the United States of America

Mississippi River Festival

Music Festival

Mississippi River

Mississippi River

Tributary in Ontario, Canada

  • Desc: The Mississippi River is a tributary of the Ottawa River in Eastern Ontario, Canada. It is 200 kilometres in length from its source at Mackavoy Lake, has a drainage area of 4,450 square kilometres, and has a mean discharge of 40 cubic metres per second.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_River_(Ontario)
  • Type: Thing, BodyOfWater, RiverBodyOfWater, Place
  • Result Score: 269.90

Mississippi River

Open-spandrel arch bridge in Anoka, Minnesota

  • Desc: The Anoka–Champlin Mississippi River Bridge, also known as the Ferry Street Bridge, is a 10-span open spandrel concrete deck arch bridge that spans the Mississippi River between Anoka and Champlin, Minnesota, United States.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anoka%E2%80%93Champlin_Mississippi_River_Bridge
  • Type: Thing, Bridge, LandmarksOrHistoricalBuildings, Place
  • Result Score: 244.63
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Zoo in Dubuque, Iowa

Cairo Mississippi River Bridge

Cairo Mississippi River Bridge

Cantilever bridge in Cairo, Illinois

Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge

Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge

Wildlife refuge

  • Desc: The Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge is located on the Mississippi River downstream from St. Louis, Missouri. It is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the Mark Twain National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The refuge consists of three parcels of Mississippi River bottomland, nearly all of it wetland.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_Mississippi_River_National_Wildlife_Refuge
  • Type: Thing, Place, TouristAttraction
  • Result Score: 223.98

Lower Mississippi River Museum

Museum in Vicksburg, Mississippi

  • Desc: The Lower Mississippi River Museum is a museum in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The Water Resources Development Act of 1992 authorized the Lower Mississippi River Museum and Riverfront Interpretive Site.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lower_Mississippi_River_Museum
  • Type: Place, Thing, Museum, TouristAttraction
  • Result Score: 216.52
Little Mississippi River

Little Mississippi River

River in Ontario, Canada

  • Desc: The Little Mississippi River is a river in eastern Ontario, Canada. It is the outlet river of Weslemkoon Lake and ends in the York River which in turn empties into the Madawaska River, a tributary of the Ottawa River.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Mississippi_River_(Ontario)
  • Type: Thing, BodyOfWater, Place, RiverBodyOfWater
  • Result Score: 211.69

Mississippi River Blues

Song by Big Bill Broonzy

  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 209.31
Lake Itasca

Lake Itasca

Lake in Minnesota

  • Desc: Lake Itasca is a small glacial lake approximately 1.8 square miles in area. It is notable for being the headwaters of the Mississippi River, and is located in southeastern Clearwater County, in the Headwaters area of north central Minnesota.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Itasca
  • Type: Thing, Place, BodyOfWater, LakeBodyOfWater, TouristAttraction
  • Result Score: 208.97

Mississippi River Basin Model

Historical landmark in Jackson, Mississippi

  • Desc: The Mississippi River Basin Model Waterways Experiment Station, located near Clinton, Mississippi, was a large-scale hydraulic model of the entire Mississippi River basin, covering an area of 200 acres.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_River_Basin_Model
  • Type: TouristAttraction, Thing, Place
  • Result Score: 208.53

Mississippi River State Fish and Wildlife Area

County park in the Jersey County, Illinois

Mississippi Palisades State Park

Mississippi Palisades State Park

State park in Carroll County, Illinois

  • Desc: Mississippi Palisades State Park, is a National Natural Landmark located in Carroll County, Illinois just north of the town of Savanna. It is a partially conserved section of the Mississippi Palisades.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_Palisades_State_Park
  • Type: Place, Thing, TouristAttraction
  • Result Score: 192.01
Itasca State Park

Itasca State Park

State park in Minnesota

  • Desc: Itasca State Park is a state park of Minnesota, United States, and contains the headwaters of the Mississippi River. The park spans 32,690 acres of northern Minnesota, and is located about 21 miles north of Park Rapids, Minnesota and 25 miles from Bagley, Minnesota.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itasca_State_Park
  • Type: Thing, LandmarksOrHistoricalBuildings, Place, TouristAttraction
  • Result Score: 181.89
Trillium foetidissimum

Trillium foetidissimum

Plants

  • Desc: Trillium foetidissimum, the Mississippi River wakerobin or fetid trillium, is a perennial wildflower which blooms from early March to early April. Trillium foetidissimum is found along the Louisiana–Mississippi border in a variety of habitats.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trillium_foetidissimum
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 180.19
Rock River

Rock River

Tributary in the United States of America

  • Desc: The Rock River is a tributary of the Mississippi River, approximately 299 miles long, in the U.S. states of Wisconsin and Illinois. The river was known as the Sinnissippi to Sauk and Fox Indians; the name means "rocky waters". The river begins with three separate branches which flow into the Horicon Marsh.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_River_(Mississippi_River_tributary)
  • Type: RiverBodyOfWater, Place, Thing, BodyOfWater
  • Result Score: 180.07

Mississippi River

Plate girder bridge in La Crosse County, Wisconsin, United States

Great River Road

Great River Road

Road in the Allamakee County, Iowa

  • Desc: The Great River Road is a collection of state and local roads that follow the course of the Mississippi River through ten states of the United States.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_River_Road
  • Type: Place, Thing
  • Result Score: 175.42

Mississippi River Marathon

Event

  • Type: Event, Thing
  • Result Score: 169.83
Old Vicksburg Bridge

Old Vicksburg Bridge

Cantilever bridge in Vicksburg, Mississippi

  • Desc: The Old Vicksburg Bridge, also known as Mississippi River Bridge, is a cantilever bridge carrying one rail line across the Mississippi River between Delta, Louisiana and Vicksburg, Mississippi.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Vicksburg_Bridge
  • Type: Thing, Bridge, Place, LandmarksOrHistoricalBuildings, TouristAttraction
  • Result Score: 167.98
Sunshine Bridge

Sunshine Bridge

Cantilever bridge in the St. James Parish, Louisiana

  • Desc: The Sunshine Bridge is a cantilever bridge over the Mississippi River in St. James Parish, Louisiana. Completed in 1963, it carries Louisiana Highway 70, which connects Donaldsonville on the west bank of Ascension Parish with Sorrento on the east bank of Ascension Parish as well as with Gonzales on the east bank of Ascension Parish.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Bridge
  • Type: Place, Thing, Bridge, TouristAttraction
  • Result Score: 166.20
John James Audubon Bridge

John James Audubon Bridge

Cable-stayed bridge in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana

Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge

Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge

Cable-stayed bridge in Destrehan, Louisiana

  • Desc: The Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge over the Mississippi River in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana. It is named for the late United States Congressman Hale Boggs. The bridge was dedicated by Governor David C.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hale_Boggs_Memorial_Bridge
  • Type: Thing, TouristAttraction, Place, Bridge
  • Result Score: 155.94
Mississippi River and Bonne Terre Railway

Mississippi River and Bonne Terre Railway

Railroad

Mississippi River

Song by J. J. Cale

  • Type: Thing, MusicRecording
  • Result Score: 150.55
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