Born everyday at Itasca
Over Saint Anthony Falls
She rolls through the heart of this country
She rolls through the hearts of us all
She's the Great Mississippi
She's a winding road
Every turn, every bend
Will bring you back again
For a story told
She is a wide-shouldered river
Taking the Rockies high mountain snow
And the soft spring rains of Virginia
Along with her as she goes
Rolling over Saint Peter Sandstone
Twisting down Glenwood Shale
Bearing down on Platteville Limestone
For 12,000 years she's been there
She's the "Rio Escondido"
The "Sassagoula", the "Mee-zee-see-bee"
She has a river of names from her people
Twenty-four-hundred miles to the sea
"Great Mississippi" Words, Music, Arrangement, by Charlie Maguire
1998-National Park Service
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.