An aerial view of the Mississippi River.
A landmark geotourism website will highlight communities, attractions and businesses along the Mississippi River.
Community leaders, regional and state tourism directors, federal partners and Mississippi River businesses and residents are invited to attend the launch of the Mississippi River Geotourism MapGuide, a partnership project with National Geographic Maps, during a program at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the National Great Rivers Museum, 2 Lock and Dam Way, East Alton. The landmark project has taken 2 1/2 years to plan and is a historically significant digital asset for everyone who visits or lives in 10 states along the river.
Over the last 18 months, people along the river have contributed almost 2,000 nominations of communities, sites, attractions, festivals, events and small businesses for inclusion on the website.
“We are telling the story of what’s so special about the people, places and businesses along the river,” said Kimberly Rea of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “The website is now live and is a great resource to help attract visitors. They can use the website to guide them to both the popular places and to the lesser-known gems that are waiting to be discovered.”
The Mississippi River Connections Collaborative and the Meeting of the Rivers Foundation were among the many partners involved in the website’s development.