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Hazy Picture Of Mississippi River & Hazy Images Of A Different Time And Place

I took this picture of the Mississippi River last week from the window of an airplane.

The picture came out hazy.

Looking at the Mississppi River got me thinking about the Mark Twain biography I’m currently reading.

While Twain’s riverboat days were only a small portion of his life, I find them interesting. 

I think part of that comes from my years living in Cincinnati along the shores of the Ohio River.

I’ve wondered what it must have been like when Cincinnati was a river town.

I’ve thought I might have been able to function in a frontier society that placed a value on self-creation. ( At least if you were white.)

When I read about Twain’s time on the river, I get an ill-defined longing for a different place and a different time. 

It’s a hazy notion that well compliments this hazy photo. 

I think we all have half-formed ideas in our minds of places we would like to visit and times we wish we could go back and see.

It’s a good thing we have books and imaginations that can partially take us to places we wish we could visit or recreate.   

May 7, 2008 - Posted by | Books, Cincinnati, History | , , , ,


  1. Lots of boats and pigs and traders in old cincinnati river town. now we have a green nasty river and two gigantic stadiums. cincinnati is hell

    Comment by bill brady | May 8, 2008

  2. Well..I don’t know if it hell, but the two stadiums are hell sent wastes of public money.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | May 8, 2008

  3. as far as the stadiums its what the hoodey assholes voters here wanted. i need to move soon.

    Comment by bill brady | May 8, 2008

  4. Where will you move where it is different?

    Comment by Neil Aquino | May 8, 2008

  5. This is an excellent picture of the New Madrid Bend. The city of New Madrid, Missouri is at the very bottom of picture, which means the view is looking south. The large area in the loop of the river is in the state of Kentucky, although it is not attached to any other part of Kentucky. Reelfoot Lake, in Tennessee is barely visible in the upper left corner.

    This bend in the river, along with Reelfoot Lake and the body of water east of Point Pleasant, Missiori, shown in the picture towards the upper right corner, were caused by the massive earhtquakes in the winter of 1811-1812.

    Jeff Noble
    Louisville, Kentucky

    Comment by Jeff Noble | May 8, 2008

  6. Jeff–Thanks for this very excellent comment.Every time I fly from Houston to Cincinnati I wonder what places I am flying over.

    I’ve added your good blog to my blogroll. Please visit again.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | May 8, 2008

  7. chicago.hawaii, san diego(stadiums are in burbs) denver, anywhere but cincinnati.

    Comment by bill brady | May 12, 2008

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