by Eric Simanek
On the 4th of July of 1870, a 1,200 mile race between two steamboats on the Mississippi River was decided. The race attracted global interest. Reporters wrote about it. Gamblers wagered on it. People gathered and cheered for it.
SOURCE: National Geographic
Using hyperprecise LiDAR data, a cartographer maps the river’s bends and channels over time with mesmerizing results.
SOURCE: New York Times
The Delta Queen faces an uncertain future.
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