Bulk Shipping, Mississippi River

Barges push coal, grain, and gravel up and down the Mississippi.  This is the Arkansas/Mississippi border, which is defined by treaty to be the middle of the river's channel ... as it was in 1836.

As the course of the Mississippi changes dramatically even within a single season, the state border is quite different than what you see here. There are plenty of comical examples of oxbow lakes and isolated farms belonging to the state on the other side of the river. 


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