River of History - A Historic Resources Study

Three Native Americans gaze across the river valley towards an American settlement on the far shore.
Front cover of the Historic Resources Study. Port of St. Paul, head of navigation, 1853. Steamboats at Upper and Lower Landings.

Artist: Thompson Ritchie, American Memory Project. Library of Congress.


The Historic Resources Study of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area was developed cooperatively by the National Park Service, and the U.S. Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District in 2003. The historic resources study includes eight chapters, with areas of interest ranging from the early geology of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area to the growth of many cities along the banks of the river.

The content between the printed version and the electronic version found here is the same, but the reader will find the formatting somewhat different by necessity and, to some degree, for convenience. For instance, the Table of Contents is replaced with this webpage as there are no page numbers in the electronic version and the chapter endnotes, which are collected in the back of the printed copy, are now at the end of each chapter for easier reference.

For more information, contact the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, (651) 293-0200.


Last updated: November 22, 2019

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