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Newson, T. M. 1827-1893. (Thomas McLean) / Thrilling scenes among the Indians. With a graphic description of Custer's last fight with Sitting Bull

The Mississippi River; its scenery,   pp. 83-86 PDF (854.6 KB)

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THIS great river, upon whose broad and capacious
     bosom millions of bushels of wheat will yet float
to the Gulf and from thence to Europe, and whose al-
most entire surface in a few succeeding years, will be
dotted with steamboats unsurpassed for beauty and
excellence, as many of the boats now are, is, in a
straight line, measuring from its source, Lake Itasca-
to its mouth, the Gulf of Mexico-eleven hundred and
sixty-four miles. By the channel of the river it is two
thousand, eight hundred miles in length. The popula-
tion contiguous to the Mississippi river, will exceed
24,000,000, or nearly half of the population of the
United States, and in ten years, with the present in-
crease of emigration, the population in the valley and
beyond, will reach 30,000,000, or a preponderance of
power in the American nation. There are about one
hundred cities and towns on the river from St. Paul to
St. Louis; about eight above St. Paul, and about one
hundred and fifty below St. Louis to the Gulf, making
in all, two hundred and fifty-eight cities and towns on
the river from its source to its mouth. This great val-
ley of the Mississippi contains 768,ooo,ooo acres of the
finest lands in the world, sufficient to make more than
one hundred and fifty states as large as Massachusetts.
It embraces more territory than Great Britain, France,

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