National Geographic : 1914 Nov
Photo byGilbert H.Grosvenor RUSSIA'S GREATEST RIVER, THE VOLGA, AT NIZHNI-NOVGOROD, 1,500 MILESFROM ITS MOUTH Although as far from its mouth as Denver is from New York, Nizhni-Novgorod is still some 800miles below the source ofthe Volga. In the upper reaches its depth is not more than a foot and a half, although its width is 600 feet. Specialtypes offlat-bottomed boats make itnavi gable even there. Twenty years ago the sales at the annual fair, open only one month in summer, amounted to$Ioo,ooo,ooo, but the development of railways is diverting this commerce elsewhere and the fair is losing much of its Asiatic character, and the river traffic, asonourown Missis sippi, has greatly decreased. The fair grounds are the flats over which the cathedral towers on the left,between the Volga and Oka rivers.