Interesting Facts About the Mississippi River That May Surprise You

With a length of over 2,000 miles, there is more to the Mississippi River than just being one of the longest in the US. Here are twelve facts you might not have known about this well-known waterway.

The States It Runs Through

We all know the Mississippi River runs through multiple states, but just how many? 10 states, meaning it touches 1/5 of all the states in the U.S.!

Birthplace of Water-Skiing

18-year-old Ralph Samuelson created water-skiing when looking for a snow-skiing alternative in 1922. Though he sadly didn’t get to patent his creation.

A Favorite of Mark Twain

The writer of Huckleberry Finn, along with many other books we enjoy today, had a particular fondness for the Mississippi River. Many of his works take place on or near it.

Flowing Backwards

In August of 2012, the Mississippi River saw a strange happening: it flowed backward for about 24 hours! This was thanks to Hurricane Isaac and also happened with Hurricane Katrina.

Swimming the Length

While many of us just marvel at the length of this river, one man decided to swim it. Martin Strel took 68 days but officially swam the entire length of the Mississippi River.

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