National Geographic : 1961 Jul
KODACHROMESBY NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS DEANCONGER(ABOVE) AND J. BAYLOUHUBtIs Girl Flyer and Instructor Pilot a Cessna Above the Broad Missouri Stephens College, a school for women in Columbia, Missouri, offers ten aviation courses. Students may keep horses and aircraft, but not automobiles. Jetties, jutting into the river, stabilize the banks by holding the current in a fixed channel. people, using crude tools, built 80 or more earth mounds. The largest, Monks Mound, has a base of 16 acres-three more than the Great Pyramid of Khufu in Egypt. Standing on the crest, our feet rooted in the mysteries of prehistory, we looked across the green flatland to the hazy buildings of St. Louis, Missouri, rising in almost equal mystery and improbability beside the con tinent's greatest river. Here is a city in the midst of America that was French and Spanish before it was Amer ican. It was the lodestone that drew the Na tional Road west, and it became the jump ing-off point for the real West. But now, as on all previous visits to St. Louis, I felt as if I were dipping into the South, not the West, and this was strange be cause most of the people are of German stock. And, although there are few visible remains of the city's Latin origins, St. Louis smacks more of New Orleans than of Chicago. A big reason is the Mississippi, a busy two way canal that carries hard northern goods south and soft southern ways north.* Re-entering one's native State always lifts the heart a little, especially when the Father *See Willard Price's articles on the Upper and Lower Mississippi, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, November, 1958, and November, 1960.