Mississippi River

The Mississippi River



Location: The Mississippi River of the U.S and of North America, flows south from Lake Itasca, in Northern Minnesota, to the Gulf of Mexico, in Louisiana.

Size: The Mississippi River is the third longest river in North America. It’s length is 740 mi. or 6,020 km. in length.


Discovered By: The Mississippi River was discovered by De Soto in 1541.

Name: The Ojibway Indians of Northern Minnesota called it ''Messipi'' or The Big River, and it was also known as the Mee-zee-see-bee or Father of Waters.

Interesting Information

  • The Mississippi River acts as a watershed for over 1.2 million square miles, and includes tributary rivers from 32 states and two Canadian provinces.

  • The Mississippi River’s mud is used for covering baseballs, so they are not slippery for the pitchers.

    Bibliography: http://www.theadvocate.com/Lockwood/default.htm,copyright date 1997,C.C Lockwood, All Rights Reserved.


    Created by: Keith
    Date Created: September 29, 2000
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