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Vintage Maps Trace the Meandering Mississippi

Saturday 09.24.2011 , Posted by
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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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Benjamin Starr

Written by Benjamin Starr



Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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  1. These maps are real eye candy. It reminds me somewhat of the art of Stuart “Sutu” Campbell.

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  2. what a great river.

  3. 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!

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

  5. Amazing maps. I’m having problems downloading the files from http://lmvmapping.erdc.usace.army.mil/index.htm I get an error code when trying to unarchive Can anyone help me out?

  6. a real fuggin river that is all right.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. I wish I could buy a copy of some of these maps in a decent size, larger than 8×10. Is this possible?

  10. 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!

  11. 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

  12. 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 ;)

  13. Without words, inner landscapes from the OutsidE!

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