November 21, 2017

Disaster on the Mississippi: The SS Sultana

  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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February 16, 2017

The 4 Memphis Bridges

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

Wolf River Greenway meets Mud Island

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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December 14, 2016


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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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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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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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 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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February 10, 2016

Mighty Mississippi Rising

Many of us know the Mississippi River for the way it winds its way through the middle of our country – full of life and history. But, if you’re from Memphis, or another city part of its embayment, you also know the Mississippi River for the great flood of 2011. Parts of cities near the river […]

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August 14, 2015

Genesis of Riverside Drive

Riverside Drive has long hemmed the Mississippi River and the bluff, two major assets of Memphis’ natural portfolio. For more than 80 years, the road has provided access to the Memphis riverfront and all of its recreational amenities and green spaces. Riverside Drive stays busy with 15,000 daily drivers and provides a connection to both […]

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