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The Great River Road Byway follows the Mississippi River 2,159 miles from the river’s source at Lake Itasca, Minnesota, to Venice, Louisiana, near where the “Big Muddy” empties into the Gulf of Mexico.  

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The Oregon Trail enters the high desert of southeastern Idaho and winds northwest along the Bear River. It passes through Pocatello before turning west to meet the Snake River. Most wagon trains followed the south bank of the Snake as it carved an arc across the southern portion of the state. The Snake is now tamed with a series of dams, but it was once a swiftly flowing river that cut deep canyons, making water access difficult for pioneers.

The Oregon Trail follows the North Platte River into southeastern Wyoming, where it heads northwest along the river’s southern bank. After crossing the river at Casper, the emigrants headed southwest following the Sweetwater, a tributary of the North Platte. 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Hurricane Maria delivered a destructive full-body blow to this U.S. territory on Wednesday, ripping off metal roofs, generating terrifying and potentially lethal flash floods, knocking out 100 percent of the island's electrical grid, and decimating some communities.