Ol' Man River Alive and Well?
Here's a story about the Mississippi River written by a friend's father, John Lester, in 1948 but I suggest you first take a look at today's "update" by ProPublica, here: "Losing Ground" to get a
more complete picture. Now, back to 1948: ~(By John Lester) "The Mississippi River, the Mother of New Orleans, has influenced the map of the modern world more than any other and all because of the great part it has played in the history of America. The Mississippi and its tributary, the Missouri, form the longest river on earth. The present spelling of Mississippi is a combination of French & Spanish. Pere Marquette first introduced the name into geography in 1672, spelling it Mitchisipi. From time to time,"
"The Natchez" paddleboat on the Mississippi River at the river's crescent as viewed from New Orleans' Bywater neighborhood. This is where a sharp, C-shaped curve of the river is located, which slows the river flow and creates the siltation or high ground upon which the Vieux Carré (French Quarter) was built back in pre-Colonial days. That's why New Orleans is known as "the Crescent City."
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