Vintage Maps Trace the Meandering Mississippi

For anyone obsessed with beautiful maps, these colorful and informative examples tracking the many paths of the lower Mississippi are a dream come true. The monumental collection was produced in 1944 by Harold N. Fisk, who drew in a rainbow of colors the path of past and current flows as the mighty river changed course and flooded over time. For a full size .zip file (197MB!) of the maps, head to the ERDC. It’s useful information, beautifully displayed.

Here we display plate 22, sheets 5 through 14 in order:

Via: mouthtosource.org


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  1. Thomas Keith

    Maps are amazing! Like porn and an IKEA catalogue… Seeing these maps strengthen sometime I’ve always thought: The Mississippi; Truly the guts, the innards, the intestines of North America!

  2. Taylor Lahey

    I’m having problems finding the maps on the ERDC website, do you have a direct link to the maps? Thanks again for sharing!

  3. gail M edwards

    I incorporated one of these into a painting i did this summer. Map was published in janurary NYTimes My first career was as a geologist. These maps are just stunning; nothing digital can approach them.

  4. erin

    these maps are beautiful and inspiring for anyone who is in love with curves! i love that the curves are so beautifully derived from reality and genuine historical information! Much Love! Laniland

  5. Marilyn Storey

    Hello, These are truly delicious maps! Any idea which map corresponds with the Clarksdale, MS, area? I am unable to tell with my magnifying glass. I am writing a post on Clarksdale and would love to use the appropriate map. Thank you!

  6. lAURA XX

    HEY THINKING OF DOING A DANCE BASED ON RIVER MAPS FOR MY A LEVEL, THESE MAPS ARE REALLY INTRESTING AND WOULD CREATE A LOVELY DANCE PIECE !!!:))) XX KNOW ANYTHING ELSE ABOUT THEM PLEASE LET ME KNOW THANKS

  7. lAURA

    HEY THESE MAPS OF THE RIVER ARE REALLY INTRESRTING!! IM DOING A DANCE BASED ON RIVER MAPS FOR MY A LEVEL DANCE SO I will definately take inspiration from the clours, shapes and form of the curves. Any more information then please let me know thanks xx:) great tho xx 😉


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