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Sunflower River west of Ruleville, Mississippi.

The Sunflower River (also known as the Big Sunflower River) is one of the main tributaries of the Yazoo River in the U.S. state of Mississippi. It is navigable by barge for 50 miles. It rises in De Soto County, Mississippi near the Tennessee border and flows south for 100 miles to the Yazoo River. At Clarksdale on its banks, the annual Sunflower River Blues and Gospel festival is held.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers maintains a navigation channel, thirty miles in length. Built in 1976, the channel is used by barges and pleasure craft.

According to the USGS, variant names include Hushpuckaman Creek.[1]

Water Quality[edit]

Like the Yazoo, this river is heavily silt laden. The river gets its mud from the bayous and small streams that feed it. The river has a distinct "Clear-Mud Line" where it meets the Yazoo, showing that the Big Sunflower is muddier than the Yazoo.

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Coordinates: 32°40′13″N 90°40′4″W / 32.67028°N 90.66778°W / 32.67028; -90.66778

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59 news items

Jackson Clarion Ledger

Jackson Clarion Ledger
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 13:48:45 -0700

The 28th annual Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival takes place Friday through Sunday in Clarksdale, with soul legend William Bell headlining Saturday night. The free event takes place mostly on the outdoor stage next to the Delta Blues Museum, ...

Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque Journal
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 23:00:00 -0700

21, leading to Thanksgiving, Harris and visitors will share a meal with four turkeys from the Sunflower River farm in Albuquerque. The birds will be spared from seasonal slaughter. Given the weather that time of year, the event probably will be held ...
Mississippi News Now
Wed, 23 Sep 2015 23:23:44 -0700

A commissioned design community table made from Mississippi Cypress out of the Sunflower River, heart pine and railroad spikes from Jackson. This is where community activities will take place. Venues for everything from wine tastings, live music, ...
Sun, 12 Aug 2012 17:59:03 -0700

Actor Morgan Freeman is awarded at the 2012 Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Jerry Tucker. Clarksdale, Mississippi held its biggest festival ever August 10 through 12, 2012 as tens of thousands showed up in the ...
Jackson Clarion Ledger
Wed, 06 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0700

This weekend Clarksdale's Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival celebrates its 27th year with a free lineup of music Friday through Sunday. Friday soul/blues artists Johnny Rawls and Latimore headline the fest, and on Saturday night the festival ...
Mississippi Press (blog)
Sat, 05 Jul 2014 17:45:40 -0700

The 26th annual Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival will be held in Clarksdale on Aug. 8-10. (Courtesy photo of VisitMississippi.org). Print · Mississippi Press Staff By Mississippi Press Staff The Mississippi Press on July 05, 2014 at 5:03 PM ...


Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:49:52 -0700

Through the subsequent years, she attended the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival in Clarksdale nearly every year. Year after year, she felt the pull of Clarksdale. It was the pull of the blues, but it also reminded her of home. “I grew up in a ...


Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:57:29 -0700

Dorrough lived a simple life in Ruleville right on a bend in the Sunflower River. “He lived simply,” Burdine said, “but he lived a great life. He was a wonderful man who loved people and a fantastic musician that helped put Ruleville on the map. He ...

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