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Mississippi Travel

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Laissez les bon temps rouler!' - Let the good times roll and travel the Mississippi, preferably by paddle steamer, for a historic take on the American south. Listen to jazz passing through New Orleans, delta blues in Memphis, play roulette in St. Louis, dine on Cajun food in Baton Rouge and enjoy other southern cliches as you watch the pretty towns, old, grand, pillared plantations, memorials to the civil war, burgeoning cities, farmland and mangroves pass by you on either bank. The Mississippi runs 2,000 miles beginning in Ohio and meeting the sea via it’s famous river delta. The delta end is most popular for it’s romance and traditions. One old river lady to cruise aboard is the Natchez IX, the most recent in a ling of steamers bearing the same proud name, the Natchez VI was the steamboat that famously lost to the ROBERT E. LEE in the last great steamboat race in 1870. Built in the style of the old steamships, the current Natchez has some vintage features, including a bell made from smelted silver dollars.

Natchez Steamboat Cruises.

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“The Mississippi on the Delta Queen”

It is impossible to talk about a trip of any length down the Mississippi without jazz, gambling, paddle steamers, Ol’ Man River, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, and if the classic river journey appeals it still survives with the old lady of the river, … Read more...

Written by  Kate Tonbridge.

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Mississippi

Although the second longest river in North America, the Mississippi is more famous for the stories that surround it than for its physical size.

In Early European American history, the area was popular with criminals, many of who were rumoured to have private pirate islands. Mark Twain included the criminal element in his stories set on and around the river, also writing about the steamboat era, when these iconic vessels were the main way to travel (both in style and on a budget.).

As well as Twain, many artists have written their odes to the river, the two most iconic being the songs “Moon River”, the theme for the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Ol’ Man River” from the musical “Showboat”.

Water skiing was first coined on the Mississippi in 1922.

A steam boat trip is now only one way to experience the river and its surrounding cities. The route of the Mississippi starts at Lake Itasca, a small glacial lake in Minnesota and joins the sea in the Gulf of Mexico. It's estimated that the waters journey takes around 90 days. Eight state borders initially followed the Mississippi’s route, however the river has since altered its course and the borders have remained.

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