Borrowing the expression from Mark Twain's book "Life On the Mississippi" this gallery of images reflects the working life on the river that has served as the main artery of North America for centuries. Although the steamboats of Twain's day are gone, barges and tugboats busily ply the waters in their commercial activities.
After traveling the world and exploring the natural beauty of my home state of Missouri, I have recently turned my attention to my roots. I grew up within a few miles of the Mississippi River and for almost thirty years now I have lived less than a half mile from it. Sometimes we take for granted the everyday things that we see but recently I have begun to explore the river and its surrounding environs with a fresh eye. I foresee additions to this gallery in the future from time to time.