National Geographic : 1927 Sep
00 MODERN MISSISSIPPI BARGES OFTEN CARRY AS MUCH CARGO AS I00 OLD-TIME PACKET BOATS To aid navigation, the channel of the Mississippi, especially below Cairo, has in recent years been muchimproved bydredging and revetting. Already this change has resulted in a great revival of river-borne commerce. Twice as much cargo is carried now asinthe days oftheromantic oldsteam packets. This barge tow of new automobiles is on its way downstream from Memphis (see, also, text,page 277).