Where is the Mississippi River?

The Mississippi River is the fourth-longest river in the world. It’s located in the United States. Its name comes from the Ojibwe Indians who called the river 'Misi-ziibi', which means 'great river'.

The Mississippi River is about 2,320 miles (3,730 km) long. It takes 90 days for one drop of water to travel the entire length of the river. Wow!

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Who lives near the Mississippi?

The Mississippi River is home to alligators, swans, toads and over 240 different species of fish.

The majority of farm-raised catfish in the United States come from Mississippi catfish farms. 

More than 50 cities in the United States depend on the river for water, that’s about 18 million people! It’s a very important river.


Did you know?

  • Water skiing was invented on the Mississippi River in 1922
  • The first bridge to cross the Mississippi River was built in 1855. 
  • The Mississippi River is known for having many steamboats cross through its waters.

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