February 16, 2017

Meet USACE retiree Carol Jones

What path lead you to working on the Mississippi River? It was divine intervention for sure. My whole career was divine intervention. When I came out of Christian Brothers University in 1982, there was a recession in the country, so they weren’t hiring a lot of civil engineers to build things. I was interviewing with […]

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February 16, 2017

River Gauges 101

Uniform communication about the changing stages of the Mississippi River can be difficult  to achieve due to the varying channel widths and riverbed sea level. As the steamboat industry developed along the Mississippi River during the middle of the 19th century, communication about river conditions became imperative for safety and navigation. In 1872,  the Department of […]

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December 14, 2016

Dredging Updates

October, 2017 The U.S. Corps of Engineers was at work dredging the shipping channel in the Mississippi River from late September until Oct. 17, and as it happens, at a time of very low water. That complicated operations at Beale Street Landing, sometimes forcing boats to dock on the north end of Greenbelt Park. But both […]

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September 26, 2016

6 Riverfront Photo Opps

There are many places to take a great picture along the 5 miles of the Memphis Riverfront, but these six stand out in particular. Check out these places for a selfie, still life shot or maybe even inspiration for a painting. Just be sure to include #MemphisRiverfront if you decide to share your photos via social media […]

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September 26, 2016

What is that? It’s a barge!

Standing on the banks of the Mississippi River you can see the convergence of 41% of continental North America’s waterways and its associated traffic.  Barges carrying commercial freight constitute a large portion of this traffic. Their flat bottoms help to maximize carrying their capability and ensure that they can navigate the varying depth of inland waters. The […]

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September 26, 2016

Levees: An Introduction

Here in Memphis our great bluff offers protection from high water of the Mississippi River, but many people along lower Mississippi River rely heavily on the network of thousands of miles of levees to protect land along the river and some of its tributaries. The levee system is considered a nationally treasured engineering project. This March, the […]

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July 20, 2016

RiverFolk: Captain Zach Bell

Captains Zach and Shelley Bell Photograph is courtesy of The Salvation Army Memphis Area Command. The Salvation Army is gearing up for The Most Amazing Race on August 20th! The race will start at 8:30 am at the Halloran Centre in downtown Memphis and end at Beale Street Landing where an after party awaiting teams, coordinators and volunteers. Teams of three […]

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July 13, 2016

The Mississippi River is Married?!

Memphis, TN and Charleston, NC are the ends of the first railroad to connect the Mississippi River and the Atlantic Ocean. This railroad is known as the Transatlantic Railroad or the Memphis & Charleston Railroad. In March 1857, it was completed and in May of that same year was commemorated by a festive affair in Memphis called “Wedding […]

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June 09, 2016

Twilight Tuesday: Star Wars Costume Night

Riverfront Development Corporation (RDC) and Memphis Light, Gas & Water (MLGW) encourage movie night attendees to dress in Star Wars regalia for Twilight Tuesday’s 2016 series finale on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. The newest installment of the saga, Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens (PG-13, 135 min.), will be shown for free on a 24 […]

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May 05, 2016

Reimagining the Civic Commons

In April of this year, the City of Memphis launched its participation in the “Reimagining the Civic Commons” initiative with the activation of the spaces shared by Cossitt Library, Memphis Park, Mississippi River Park, Court Square Park, Riverside Drive and Main Street. Memphis is one of seven cities around the nation chosen for this civic engagement project […]

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