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Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Washington Street

Vickburg's Commercial Center

 
 
Washington Street Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
1. Washington Street Marker
Inscription.  Washington Street became the commercial center of Vicksburg in 1839 when a fire destroyed the downtown area on Main Street. This scene, c.1912 shows the 1400 block looking north toward the Yazoo Canal. In the early 20th century, Vicksburg was the state's chief commercial and banking center. On Washington Street, one could purchase any necessity, service, or luxury desired. In the 1400 block alone, retailers offered groceries, candy, ice cream, liquor, tobacco, business machines, clothing, shoes, furniture, stoves, and pharmaceuticals. Services were provided by tailors, barbers, doctors, advertising agents, printers, banks, and restaurants. Two movie theaters featured the latest films. Residents came downtown by trolleys that plied more than ten miles of track. The trolley in the foreground has the sides removed for summer.
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Erected 2002 by the City of Vicksburg Riverfront Mural Committee.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1839.
 
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32° 21.068′ N, 90° 53.031′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Levee Street north of Clay Street, on the left when traveling north. The Vicksburg Riverfront Murals are located on the Yazoo Diversion Canal levee wall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Levee Street, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crossing the Mississippi (here, next to this marker); Teddy Roosevelt Bear Hunt (here, next to this marker); Vicksburg Waterfront Circa 1907 (a few steps from this marker); Dedication of the Illinois Monument (a few steps from this marker); Joseph Biedenharn and the First Bottling of Coca-Cola (a few steps from this marker); "New Beginnings & Lasting Legacies" (within shouting distance of this marker); Sisters of Mercy (within shouting distance of this marker); Catfish Row (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
 
Also see . . .  The Vicksburg Riverfront Mural website. (Submitted on June 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Washington Street Mural image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
2. Washington Street Mural
Vicksburg, Mississippi waterfront levee wall murals. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
3. Vicksburg, Mississippi waterfront levee wall murals.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 1, 2017. It was originally submitted on June 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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