Saturday, January 17, 2015

It Doesn't Look Like Much, Does It?

The Concluence
[kon-floo-uh ns]

1. a flowing together of two or more streams, rivers, or the like:
"the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers."

2. their place of junction:
"St. Louis is at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers."
You wouldn't think it to look at the picture but this is the most important river junction in North America, the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi in the northern part of our area. The Missouri and its swirling ice is in the foreground with the clear Mississippi behind. The view is a bit more dramatic in the old photo of the point of land between the two, taken on the spit in the center of the top picture:

The Confluence 1

Clearer still on a map. Lotta water,                     


s.c said...

Funny that bend in the Missouri River. Probably has to do with the direction of flow. In the course of time streamlined. Another water derived word.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I bet it looks a lot different when the river is flooding Bob!

Stefan Jansson said...

Thanks for the info, would just be a photo without it!

Birdman said...

On our cross country trip in '75 we camped along the Missouri and survived one wicked thunderstorm that actually lifted our tent. Luckily, we we were staked down and didn't get to the river. But it was right there.

William Kendall said...

The shot taken on that spit of land really gives perspective to the location.

Norma said...

I've lived in St. Louis all my life, and I've only seen the confluence in person once.

Jack said...

It is pretty easy to see why settlers picked St. Louis to build a major city.

Dagwood Arnell said...

EXCUSE ME, JACK: "settlers picked St Louis"? LOL! True story: St Louis--formerly "Cahokia"--is situated near the confluence of America's central river system (near where the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio rivers meet). For thousands of years it was the mercantile capital of North America for the native people; raw materials and finished goods were traded there, and transported across the continent. It was such a major hub that it was only in 1850 that Philadelphia eclipsed St Louis as the most populous city in the USA, because of the native population in MO. (So your 'St Louis 250th birthday cakes' are well-intended, no doubt, but wrongheaded.)