October 23, 2003

In the spirit of the Bicentennial Celebration, WWL-TV, Channel Four presents The Louisiana Purchase: A River's Story, a special primetime documentary

New Orleans, LA -- In the Spirit of the Bicentennial Celebration, WWL-TV, Channel Four Presents "The Louisiana Purchase: A River's Story," a Special Primetime Documentary.

One of the main benefits of the Louisiana Purchase was gaining control of the Mississippi River. The massive stream that divides the United States between East and West forms the Eastern boundary of the Purchase. Its acquisition provided both a military and commercial advantage.

Now as we approach the 200th anniversary of the historic Louisiana Purchase, Eyewitness News Reporter Dave McNamara and Photographer Brian Lukas take a special look at the Mississippi River. From its humble beginning as a babbling brook in Northern Minnesota to the mighty force that rushes past New Orleans, McNamara and Lukas focus on the history of the people, commerce, environment and music that developed along and on the river.

Among the topics are a visit to the swampy starting point of the survey of the Louisiana Purchase lands; a look at the remnants of a sophisticated society of people who are believed to be among the first to live along the River and the stories of the intrepid explorers who traveled the river and lands of the Purchase to find out just what was bought for 15-million dollars.

From capturing scenic views of the Mississippi river at sunset to showcasing its rich and important history, this special documentary captures the very essence that has made this majestic river the lifeline of a nation.

The hour-long program, "The Louisiana Purchase: A River's Story" begins at 7pm, Monday, October 27.

About WWL-TV
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