Gorgeous Vintage Maps of the Mississippi River’s Path Over Time

Over time the Mississippi River has changed course due to the silt and sediment of its channel blocking the water’s path, forcing it to alter direction and find a new route to the Gulf of Mexico. Harold N. Fisk colorfully charted the 2,320 mile long river in 1944. His drawings of rainbow ribbons serve as a reconstruction of the river’s twisting timeline in a perhaps unintentionally beautiful way. The maps are almost like a contemporary version of Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa. Click through below for more.

Image credit: Harold N. Fisk [Spotted via Neatorama/Visual News]

Image credit: Harold N. Fisk

Image credit: Harold N. Fisk

Image credit: Harold N. Fisk

Image credit: Harold N. Fisk

Image credit: Harold N. Fisk

Image credit: Harold N. Fisk

Image credit: Harold N. Fisk

Image credit: Harold N. Fisk

Image credit: Harold N. Fisk