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Taming the Mighty Mo

A Brief History of the Missouri River's Route

Missouri River channel
Missouri River channel changes. (Emily Woodring | Flatland)
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The Missouri River has had a long and winding history.

Today not as much.

Rebecca Nunn wondered why. She rode a boat on the Missouri River when she was young. Today she works at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport.

All that exposure to the river that runs through us prompted Nunn to ask our curiousKC team why and how the route of the river changed over time.

“It used to be significantly different,” said Port KC President and CEO Jon Stephens, who provides a brief history of the channeling of the Missouri River in the attached video.

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