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Mississippi River Barges

A TUG pushes barges up the Mississippi River along the Vidalia Riverfront. The Mississippi has been a great highway of commerce for more than two centuries. In Washington last month, Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland reported during a conference on the river that the Mighty Miss generates more than $200 million in annual revenue. He said the “combined gross municipal income of the cities along the Mississippi is almost half a trillion dollars annually,” while the river “supports this nation’s only trade surplus -- the export of agricultural goods.” (Photo by Rhett Powell)

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