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 the headwaters of the Mississippi, the average surface speed of the water is 1.2 miles per hour. People typically walk 3 miles per hour.