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

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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?!

Barge on River

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

Star Wars

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

Fourth Bluff sign Nikki Boertman The Commercial Appeal

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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June 07, 2016

Beale Street Landing voted world’s best


Beale Street Landing 2016 BEST Marina/Port in the World The jury is in and Beale Street Landing is the 2016 Best Marina/Port in the World as announced in Architizer’s 4th Annual A+Awards! The A+Awards is the largest international awards program focused on promoting and celebrating the best in architecture and products. Beale Street Landing, designed […]

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April 12, 2016

Spring Riverfront Races


Race along the riverfront this spring! Click the links under each race logo for info on these races making their way past the Mississippi River and through downtown this spring.   Race Judicata 5K April 16 @ 3:00 PM      Maria Montessori School Regatta and Duck Race  April 16 @ 9:30 AM – 3:00 […]

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April 12, 2016

Spring Riverfront Festivals

beale street music festival james wessels

Festivals have definitely made a home among Memphis’s great traditions and attractions. In the spring a good bit of those are on the city’s front doorstep, the Memphis riverfront. Peruse through this year’s list of festivals below and check out their event pages through the links in the event title. See you on the river! Maria Montessori […]

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April 12, 2016

Riverboats Return | Legendary Captain


Riverboat Captain James Gilmer was honored during New Sardis Baptist Church’s Living Legend event February 28, 2016. Captain Gilmer is the first African American riverboat captain on the Mississippi River. Be on the lookout for a RiverFolk post about Captain James Gilmer in the near future.   Sightseeing cruises from Memphis Riverboats are back in action. […]

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