Mississippi River

5:48 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Davy Crockett's Arrival in Memphis

King of the Wild Frontier
Credit John Gadsby Chapman, Oil on Canvas / Art Collection, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Davy Crockett, folk hero, West Tennessee Congressman, bear-hunter, and martyr of the Alamo, had a colorful reputation, which he enjoyed and promoted.

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6:05 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

The Harahan Bridge

The Harahan Bridge in Memphis.

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5:55 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Mark Twain in Memphis

Mark Twain in 1907

Samuel Clemens, better known to readers worldwide as Mark Twain, had an intimate connection with Memphis. 

Before he achieved fame as a writer, Clemens worked on the Mississippi River and made frequent stops in the Bluff City. At one time, he even had all of his mail forwarded to a box in Memphis, attesting to his connection with the city.

It is tragedy, however, which is most often remembered as the link between Clemens and Memphis. Clemens' love for the river led him to convince his younger brother Henry to also seek work on the Mississippi.

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Memphis Moments
5:51 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

The Flood of 1927

In Arkansas, the Mississippi River Flood of 1927
Library of Congress

Flooding along the Mississippi River is a danger that has always existed. Today, we have some protection against the forces of nature through improved levee and flood-wall systems.

But, in the early years of the 20th Century, such protection was minimal at best, and the yearly floods were a part of life on the Mississippi.

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Mid-South News
6:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

As River Crests, Shelby County Is Better Equipped To Handle Rising Waters

The Mississippi River is expected to crest at Memphis today.

Snowmelt and rainfall in the North have caused the Mississippi River to rise recently, and it is expected to crest at Memphis this morning. Forecasters with the National Weather Service anticipate the river will reach 33.5 ft at its highest point. That’s more than ten feet below the crest of 2011 which flooded thousands of homes and businesses in the area.

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