Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
—Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —
In 1903 Vicksburg was the largest city in Mississippi. James Riley Gordon, a famous architect, designed the booming town a new "City Hall" that was built for $50,000. Gordon also designed the Arizona State Capitol, at least 20 county courthouses, and many other large structures across the United States. After a dispute with the contractor, who left town, the city attorney and police chief had to break into the building to claim Vicksburg's new "City Hall". Today, this building is still used for its original purpose as Vicksburg's City Hall. In 1940, during renovations, the front of the building was enclosed to gain needed office space.
Vicksburg's beautiful city hall was originally topped with three beautiful, detailed heralding angels. During the tornado of 1953, the angels were blown off and supposedly "lost". Rumors and tales abound locally about these "lost" angels and who might have them or where they are located.
A massive tornado hit Vicksburg at 5:35 Saturday evening, December 5, 1953. The tornado, with a path of 500 yards wide and 7 miles long, left 38 dead, over 270 injured and 1,200 homeless. The storm totally destroyed four city blocks and almost every building and home in downtown Vicksburg received damage. The 1953 damage
Erected 2017 by the City of Vicksburg. (Marker Number 25.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi, Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail marker series.
Location. 32° 20.946′ N, 90° 52.942′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Washington Street (Business U.S. 51) and Crawford Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1400 Washington Street, Vicksburg MS 39180, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sky Parlor Hill (here, next to this marker); Mercantile Explosion (a few steps from this marker); Willie Dixon (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Blue Room (about 500 feet away); Banks and Bottles (about 500 feet away); The Red Tops (about 500 feet away); The Vicksburg & Queen of the West (about 700 feet away); Frank Crump, Jr. (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
Also see . . . Story of the 1953 Tornado by the Weather Channel. (Submitted on March 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Disasters • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 93 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. 6. submitted on April 27, 2018.