In honor of my current town of residence, Bettendorf, Iowa—which happens to be right on the Mississippi River—here are some fun facts about the Mighty Mississippi.
- The second longest river in the USA, the Mississippi stretches around 2,340 miles (3,770 km) in length. It’s only slightly shorter than the Missouri River, which reaches around 3,902 miles in length (6,275 km). The two combine to form the longest river system in North America,
- It is also the fourth longest river in the world and has the third largest watershed in the world,
- “Mississippi” is an Indian word, generally accepted to mean “the Father of Waters,”
- At its widest point, the Mississippi River stretches out over 7 miles (11 km) in width,
- The first bridge built across the Mississippi River was in 1855 with the first railroad bridge finished a year later in 1856,
- Martin Strel, a Slovenian swimmer who is famous for swimming the length of entire rivers conquered the Mississippi over 68 days in 2002,
- It takes 90 days for a drop of water to travel the entire length of the Mississippi River,
- From its source in northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River drops 1,475 feet in elevation,
- The deepest place on the Mississippi River is 200-feet deep and is located near Algiers Point in New Orleans.
References: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/earth/mississippiriver.html and http://experiencemississippiriver.com/interactive-tools/fun-facts/and http://digital.library.okstate.edu/chronicles/v006/v006p529.htmlPhoto Credit: © Tornado98 | Dreamstime.com – Bridge Photo©