In 1944, Harold Fisk (1908–1964) published a geological investigation of the lower Mississippi Valley at the request of the Mississippi River Commission. Included in his exhaustive account was a series of maps that illustrated the many historical courses the river has traveled between Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Donaldsonville, Louisiana.
Fisk chose to document these historical and hypothetical meanderings by color coding each path. This resulted in a series of maps that showcases just how wild the Mississippi River once was before the modern levee system was constructed.
Restored by Red Arrow Workshop. All maps were printed with permission of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.