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The Man Who Swam the Full Length of the Mississippi River

Smithonian
 2020-08-19

Cover picture for the articleThe morning of July 6, 1930, Fred Newton waded into the Mississippi River in Minneapolis and started swimming. He told reporters he planned to reach New Orleans in 90 days. An athletic 27-year-old from Clinton, Oklahoma, Newton aimed to be the first person to swim the river’s length, hoping...

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