Whither the River

"Among the various matters in Louisiana Life that I enjoy is the Great Louisiana Quiz. In the September/October 2013 edition of the magazine, I noted the answers to the Bonus Question in the May/June issue (“What parishes are divided by the Mississippi River?”) may be incomplete. According to what I recall of my geography lessons from years ago, there are additional parishes that are divided by the Mississippi River: namely, East Carroll, Madison, Tensas and West Feliciana. All are as the result of the ever-changing course of the river as parts of East Carroll, Madison and Tensas Parishes are now found on the state of Mississippi side of the river, and a portion of West Feliciana is found on the west side of the river adjacent to Pointe Coupee Parish. There may be other river parishes similarly affected. That question was a real poser for your subscribers.

 Thank you for your part in presenting to us such a wonderful magazine for and about our great state."

Vernon Middleton,
Baton Rouge

REPLY: You make some good points and were it not for the Army Corps of Engineers, even more parishes might be divided by the river.

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