This Bear has seen the Mississippi River in a few places.....northern Minnesota, the Minneapolis area, the Minnesota-Wisconsin border, the Quad Cities, and St. Louis, MO. Being a geography nutcake I always looked forward to crossing the Mighty Miss, no matter if it was a crowded interstate with the Gateway Arch in view or the 2-lane smallish bridge in northern Minnesota.
The Mississippi has served as a kind-of half-way mark for the United States, with sentences created in manuals and textbooks that always spoke of "East of the Mississippi" or "West of the Mississipp". It served as a canvas for the stories that Mark Twain spun. It was (and continues to be) imbedded in our culture, from Mud Island to the delta.....from Itasca to Cairo.
The source of the river was "discovered" by Henry Schoolcraft.....yes, that same Henry Schoolcraft that named many of northern Michigan's counties and that same Henry Schoolcraft who has roads, a city, and a county in Michigan named after him. Lake Itasca (in northern Minnesota) is 1475 feet above sea level, so the river has quite a drop as it meanders to the south (and The Gulf of Mexico).
The second-longest river in the United States has huge and lengthy lakes, incredible dams, navagational waters (via locks) through much of its' length, great cities, beautiful bluffs, and some kind of history.
My experiences with the river are minimal.....but I would venture to guess that the Mighty Mississippi holds many memories for a number of our Cyburbian residents.
What say you?