History & Culture
The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is rich with historical and cultural stories. The following collection of resources found on these pages are only glimpses into that rich history and illustrate not only why people of many cultures converged here, but how they changed the world.
Stories, Resources, and Music
Historic Resouces Study
Fort Snelling: Breaking the Code
The Mississippi and Minnesota River Confluence: Rivers and Cultures Converge
St. Paul Municipal Elevator and Sackhouse (City House)
The Flood of 1952
Did You Know?
At Lake Itasca, the elevation of the Mississippi River is 1,475 feet above sea level. It drops to sea level at the Gulf of Mexico. More than half of that drop occurs within the state of Minnesota.