Wednesday, September 27, 2017

They Call the Mighty Mississippi the Wall.

From my painting excursions into the Illinois river bottoms along the Mississippi, visits along the Ohio in Paducah, KY and to our recent trip to Cape Girardeau, Missouri. I have been told that one who spends his leisure time on or along a river is called a River Rat. I’ve been called worse things.

The name Mississippi is derived from the Native American peoples Ojibwe word "Misi-ziibi," meaning "Great River".

The longest river in North America, it is the third longest river in the world at nearly 2,400 miles. It reaches from the Canadian border and empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The Mississippi River is an important area of the wet lands with a massive ecosystem and environment that covers ten states, two Canadian provenience's and creates the third largest water shed in the world.

The Mississippi River has been a focal point in American history, from Native American tribes who flourished along its banks, through European explorers, the American Civil War, the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927.

Western settlers and traders called it the “wall” because of the difficulty of crossing her, it being the biggest barrier to western expansion. For decades man has tried to tame her.
Nature always wins.

They Call the Mighty Mississippi the Wall.
Oil on panel, 8x10, © Jim Serrett

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