November 21, 2017

Dredging: Nov. 15-Dec. 9, 2017

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The U.S. Corps of Engineers is dredging again. They took care of the river channel in October, and now they’re at work in Wolf River Harbor. I assume that big crane is what lifts and lowers the big pipes that form the pipeline for the dredged-out silt and mud to be moved. A small white […]

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November 21, 2017

Disaster on the Mississippi: The SS Sultana

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  If you’ve ever taken a riverboat cruise, you probably heard the tour guide discuss what may have been the deadliest maritime disaster in American history – and, no, it’s not the Titanic. On April 27, 1865, a side-wheel steamboat named the Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River seven miles north of Memphis. The number […]

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November 02, 2017

Illinois students tour riverfront

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Vice President Dorchelle Spence took some students from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on a riverfront tour on Nov. 2, 2017, from Memphis Park to Beale Street Landing on a gray, overcast day. Much was learned!  

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October 31, 2017

The Mississippi and Mark Twain

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For a man who didn’t spend the majority of his life on the Mississippi, that river came to define the life and legacy of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Clemens is better known as Mark Twain, and there is the first clue as to how important the Mississippi River was to one of America’s most celebrated writers. […]

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February 16, 2017

The 4 Memphis Bridges

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Many would say that the relationship between the Mississippi River and the Bluff City is obvious, but some may not realize the obstacle that the river would be without the amazing bridges that extend from Memphis, Tennessee, to West Memphis, Arkansas. Below are facts about each of the four bridges that cross the Big Muddy. Memphis […]

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January 25, 2017

Thank You from Island Play

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Beale Street Landing’s Island Play with its water features is a hotspot in downtown Memphis’s child friendly scene. The playground typically serves a few hundred visitors on a pleasant weekend day. Island Play wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for a $1 million fundraising campaign. Campaign donors are recognized on Island Play’s Plough Wall of […]

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January 25, 2017

Wolf River Greenway meets Mud Island

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Crews are working on the Mud Island end of the Wolf River Greenway! This work is the result of nearly 15 years of planning and advocacy by the Wolf River Conservancy.  The 36 mile trail is planned to extend thru Shelby Farms to Germantown and Collierville Tennessee. Considering the Big River Crossing and existing riverfront trails, […]

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January 13, 2017

Memphis Riverfront Soccer Cup 2017

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The Memphis Riverfront Soccer Cup is back for its second year in Tom Lee Park on the RiverFit Soccer Field! 12 coed adult teams play on Sundays from March 5 – April 9 for a chance to be named champion. In the event of inclement weather or poor field conditions, games will be postponed until the following Saturday. Whether […]

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December 14, 2016

Legacies

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In the southern most park on the Memphis Riverfront, Chickasaw Heritage Park, stands a sculpture named “Legacies” by Vinnie Bagwell.  The black sculpture of a woman serves as recognition of the multicultural community that created and currently represents Memphis. The piece’s details depict this interwoven story of our region.   “The sculpture bequeaths future generations […]

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December 06, 2016

Fourth Bluff Ice Rink

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As a part of the Reimaging the Civic Commons National Initiative, the Fourth Bluff Ice Rink is meant bring Memphis together through a shared experience in a family-fun setting! The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink is in Mississippi River Park at 51 North Riverside Drive, Memphis, TN 38103. The installation will last from December 10 thru January 29, […]

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