Considering the area of North America that the Mississippi River drains and the fact that is passes over pretty flat land, it is indeed muddy and slow. But extraordinarily powerful!
There are two overlooks in the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi, on Washington Street north of the two river bridges, where you can sit on the remains of Confederate forts high above the river, and watch the barge traffic as it makes its way past the Gibraltar of the South and around the massive bend at Delta Point.
It is quite a sight to see the tows forcing their way upstream against the current, the roar of their engines audible even at the distance of a half mile or more.
Called Ol' Muddy as a result of the great amount of sediment that it carries, the Mississippi River is about half a mile wide as it passes Vicksburg. The Corps of Engineers maintains a nine foot deep navigation channel, so that's a lot of water passing by. This motion of the water can be very mesmerizing to watch.
Well worth the stop anywhere along the river if you get a chance to travel near ? keep Greenville, Vicksburg, or Natchez in mind if you make it this far south.
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