CROSSING THE MISSISSIPPI
June 13, 2016
Mississippi River near the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center
Lake Itasca State Park, Park Rapids, Minnesota
47° 14’ 23” N
95° 12’ 28” W

ABOUT THIS WATERSHED
Children and adults crossed the Mississippi River on stones that were installed in by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s to mark the location where the Mississippi River begins its 2,350-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico. (It takes a raindrop 90 days to make the trip.) The park itself had been established in 1891 as a result of the efforts of historian, anthropologist, and land surveyor Jacob V. Brower to save the pine forests surrounding Lake Itasca.