A unique look at the role great rivers have played and continue to play in the development of a nation. Beginning at its headwaters and meandering its way through majestic landscapes, the waters of these great rivers continue to surge and splash on a path created millions of years ago. Learn who first settled along its banks, the arrival of the first European explorers, the ecological impact that comes from the demands on its waters, the geologic story it embraces and the modern, thriving cities that have sprung up along its shores. Arkansas: At 1,450 miles long the Arkansas River is one of the longest rivers in the United States. Its headwaters originate high above the Rocky Mountains near Leadville, CO. From there the river journeys through the states of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas before finally emptying into the mighty Mississippi River.
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