A unique look at the role great rivers have played and continue to play in the development of a nation. Beginning at its headwaters and meandering its way through majestic landscapes, the waters of these great rivers continue to surge and splash on a path created millions of years ago. Learn who first settled along its banks, the arrival of the first European explorers, the ecological impact that comes from the demands on its waters, the geologic story it embraces and the modern, thriving cities that have sprung up along its shores. Upper Mississippi River: The Great River, The Big Muddy, Gathering of Waters and Old Man River these are but a few of the names given to the most storied waterway in all of North America. From the north central woods of Minnesota, near Lake Itasca, the headwaters of this grandiose river begin to shape and form before traveling 2,300 miles south to the Gulf of Mexico
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