These photos are my entry for the weekly photo challenge: New Horizons.
When I think of the The Mississippi River – two things come to mind:
First, the east-west comparisons that older folks used to make. For example, someone would say, “This is the best Mexican food you will find east of the Mississippi.” I do not hear this used for comparing too much these days, but once in while I will use it in a convo.
Second, I often think of Mark Twain – don’t some of you?
Well here is a little bit of info (from Berkley Library here) about Mark Twain and The Mississippi River:
The Mississippi River
“Half twain! Quarter twain! M-a-r-k twain!”
For most people, the name “Mark Twain” is virtually synonymous with the life along the Mississippi River immortalized in the author’s writing. Clemens first signed his writing with the name in February 1863, as a newspaper reporter in Nevada. “Mark Twain” (meaning “Mark number two”) was a Mississippi River term: the second mark on the line that measured depth signified two fathoms, or twelve feet—safe depth for the steamboat. In 1857, at the age of twenty-one, he became a “cub” steamboat pilot. The Civil War ended that career four years later by halting all river traffic. Although Clemens never again lived in the Mississippi valley, he returned to the river in his writing throughout his life. And he visited a number of times, most notably in 1882 as he prepared to write Life on the Mississippi, his fullest and most autobiographical account of the region and its inhabitants, and again in 1902 when he made his final visit to the scenes of his childhood.
Have a nice day….