The Missouri River
The Missouri River is one of the longest rivers in the United States second only to the Mississippi. It's total length is 2,315 miles. The Missouri travels through seven states as it makes it's way to St. Louis, Mo. where it meets with the Mississippi.
The Missouri has the nickname "Big Muddy," because of the large amount of silt that it carries. It also has a large number of tributaries feeding into it along it 's path. The total basin that drains into the river covers 530,000 square miles.
Much like the other large rivers of the midwest, the Missouri is used to haul many products like grain and industrial supplies. In recent years, much of the river has been affected by dams used to generate electricity and control the river for navigation. Historically, the river was important to the United States expanding to the west as pioneers followed it's path to Oregon and other western areas.