137: Fred vs The Mississippi

137: Fred vs The Mississippi

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137: Fred vs The Mississippi

On July 6th, 1930 Fred Newton dipped a toe into the Mississippi river and explained to reporters that he planned to swim from Minneapolis to New Orleans. Along the way he encountered floating rafts of manure and other hazards. It wasn’t an adventure for the faint of heart.

Show Notes:

Smithsonian Magazine – Fred Newton Swims the Mississippi

Washington Post-Swimming Down the Mississippi for Dear Life

Fred Newton promotes his record-breaking journey.

Fred Newton

Image Courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine


Map courtesy Wikimedia Commons

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