The goal of this concept is to convey, through the use of tour routes and various destinations in the Delta, the Mississippi River’s impact upon the Lower Mississippi Delta Region, specifically the geophysical evolution of the river system, the manipulation of the river system to manage flood flows and facilitate navigation, and the river towns that reflect the region’s diverse cultures.
As North America’s longest and largest river, draining approximately 40% of the continental United States and uniting the contiguous nation’s northern and southern extremes, the Mississippi River is perhaps the United States’ best known geographic feature and one of the most complex ecosystems on the planet. The river is also of unquestionable significance to the nation’s heritage and generations of Indians, explorers, settlers, steamboat pilots, writers, painters, and musicians have contributed to its legend. As a major conduit of a vast interior waterway, the Mississippi River has been the object of wars, the provider for the heartland of a nation, and a cradle for cultures and communities that have grown, prospered, and died on its banks. The river remains an enduring dimension of American culture and an integral part of the American mystique.