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Mississippi River in Iowa

Mississippi River Lesson

by www.elcivics.com

Welcome to the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River is the second longest river in the United States. It is 2,340 miles long. It starts in Minnesota and continues south past New Orleans before flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. A common nickname for the Mississippi River is "Old Man River". Rivers are longer than they are wide.  (3 pages)

Clouds Reflected in the Mississippi River

Where is the Mississippi River?

  • It is in the central part of the United States.
  • It starts in Minnesota, and flows south to the Gulf of Mexico.


Boy Looking at the Mississippi

What are the two longest rivers in the United States?

  • The longest river is the Missouri River. It is 2,565 miles long. It flows into the Mississippi River north of St. Louis, Missouri.
  • The second longest river is the Mississippi River. It is 2,340 miles long and four miles wide at it widest point.


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