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Mississippi River Facts
Enjoy these fun Mississippi River facts for kids. Learn about how long the Mississippi River is, what states it goes through, its history, famous events and more. Check out our range of interesting facts about the Mississippi River.
The length of the Mississippi River is approximately 2,320 miles (3,730 km), slightly shorter than the Missouri River.
The Mississippi and Missouri Rivers combine to form the longest river system in the USA and North America. It is also the fourth longest in the world.
At its widest point, the Mississippi River stretches out over 7 miles (11 km) in width.
The Mississippi River lies in the following ten US states: Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
The Mississippi River has had strong historical significance in the USA from Native American tribes through to European explorers, the American Civil War, the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and its modern commercial uses.
The first bridge built across the Mississippi River was in 1855 with the first railroad bridge finished a year later in 1856.
Martin Strel, a Slovenian swimmer who is famous for swimming the length of entire rivers conquered the Mississippi over 68 days in 2002.
Many of Mark Twain’s famous stories are related to or take place near the Mississippi River, this includes the well known ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’.