1944 Fisk Mississippi Meander Maps show the Ancient River Bed for the last 1000 plus years.

1944 Fisk Mississippi Meander Maps show the Ancient River Bed for the last 1000 plus years.

Mark Twain said it best “The Mississippi River will always have its own way; no engineering skill can persuade it to do otherwise…”

Amazing collection of 1944 Fisk charts show how the Mississippi’s rivers path has changed over the last 1000 plus years.  Harold Fisk, a cartographer for the Army Corp of Engineers recognized that the Mississippi River was a living, mutable element. In his 1944 report, “Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River,” Fisk investigated for the first time “the nature” of the Mississippi and its constant evolution. He developed a series of maps that do not just document the current location of the river, but consider the flow of time and how the river meanders across the earth. Each map records thousands of years of the river’s evolution, as close a representation to the venerable nature of the river as any map made at that time.

For a view of the whole collection of 15 charts together of the historical traces of the Mississippi River, stretching from southern Illinois to southern Louisana. Click Here

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