Top, the Ohio River looking upstream from the southernmost point in Illinois. 

Middle, the Mississippi River looking downstream from the confluence. 

Bottom, the Mississippi River looking upstream. 

The Ohio contributes about 60% of the flow. 

The Ohio bridge opened in 1937. The Mississippi bridge (below) in 1929. Cars were narrower then! 


Mickey Mantle’s Boyhood Home

Commerce, Oklahoma. Mickey, his parents and four siblings lived here. Read the plaque (click to enlarge).

I was never a Yankee fan growing up in Michigan, but Mantle was a big star of my youth. 

I had the house to myself — closed and no one around. It was a strangely religious experience.