“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Helena in Phillips County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)

The River Connects communities

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By Sandra Hughes, January 17, 2012
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Inscription. Among our nationsís most valuable treasures: a web of inland waterways that winds its way through Americaís heartland to the Mississippi River. Boats carrying people and freight use these well-traveled “marine highways” to travel from one city or town to the next.

A far-reaching impact
The inland waterway system includes about 12,000 miles of navigable channel. Together, they offer a reliable alternative to road, rail and air transportation. They: ē Move commerce to and from 38 states. ē Serve industrial and agricultural centers. ē Facilitate imports and exports at gateway post on the Gulf of Mexico

The Kate Adams was a famous steamboat that made twice weekly stops, at Helena, caring passengers, mail, and freight. Here the boat is grounded at Helena, as the river had gone down suddenly.

Did you know?
Each steamboat has a unique whistle.
William Short, a cotton broker in Helena, built a stately mansion for himself in 1904. The home was just a few blocks from the river. Before long, Mr. Short could distinguish one steam whistle from the next, making it easy to tell when a boat that shipped cotton was near.

On the banks of the river
Helena is the only town between Memphis and Vicksburg that sits directly on the river. Passenger vessels often stop in the

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By Sandra Hughes, January 17, 2012
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town long recognized for its scenic beauty. Inland river vessels usually make stops daily to drop off and pick-up barges. "Helena occupies one of the prettiest situations of the Mississippi"
-Mark Twain
In Life on the Mississippi

Going Green
Inland river towboats and tugboats that travel along the nationís waterways generate fewer emissions than trains and trucks.

Relish the river
The Lower Mississippi River is absolute paradise. Enjoy an afternoon canoeing, kayaking or riding a stand up paddle board. Of course, be prepared, and make sure you have the right equipment. (Novice paddlers should seek instructions on big river safety and navigation or hire a local guide.) You can also enjoy a variety of other outdoor pursuits. Go camping, fishing or beach combing. Have a peaceful picnic and, when the sun goes down. Gaze into a stunning star-lit sky.

Did you know?
Over the course of a year, water levels on the Mississippi River can rise and fall as much as 50 feet. When the river is low, water tends to be calmer and more serene. When the river is high, it becomes very powerful and turbulent.

The Currents can be fast
The river is a powerful body of water, and conditions can change rapidly. Strong currents can pull even a very experienced swimmer into harmís way. Do not underestimate the strength of the might river. Always treat it with reverence and respect.
Location. 34° 31.467′ N, 90° 35.06′ W. Marker is in Helena, Arkansas, in Phillips County. Marker is on Elm Street. Touch for map. Maker is locate along the boardwalk in Helena River Park. Marker is in this post office area: Helena AR 72342, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Explore our Top Outdoor Destinations (here, next to this marker); The Mississippi River Defines Helena (here, next to this marker); River Birds (here, next to this marker); Those who have come before (here, next to this marker); The Helena Bridge (here, next to this marker); Does the River ever flood? (here, next to this marker); The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Helena (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); KFFA 1360 Helena (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Helena.
Also see . . .  Helena River Park. Helena is the only downtown on the Mississippi River for the 300 miles between Memphis and Vicksburg. The River Park features a 60 foot boat ramp, one of the largest public access ramps on the lower Mississippi. A boardwalk takes visitors right to the edge of the river, with interpretive panels that explain some of the local ecosystem and Civil War history. (Submitted on September 1, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 80 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 1, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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