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

The Making of a City

 
 
The Making of a City Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
1. The Making of a City Marker
Inscription.  The City of Vicksburg was founded in 1819 by Newit Vick, a Methodist minister. He died of yellow fever before the town could be laid out, however, leaving that task to his son-in-law, John Lane. Incorporated in 1825 with a population of 180, the city grew rapidly because of its location on high bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River and soon became the largest and most progressive city in the state. The city administration worked diligently to provide educational facilities, fire and police protection, and a new city hall in the latest Beaux Arts style. Public transportation begin with horse-drawn trolleys and by 1899, ten miles of track carried electric trolleys to the far corners of the city. One of the highlights of recreational activities was watching the Vicksburg Billies, a semi-pro baseball team.
Sponsored by The City of Vicksburg, Mississippi and The Mississippi Arts Commission
 
Erected 2003 by the City of Vicksburg Riverfront Mural Committee.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersSports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1819.
 
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32° 21.033′ N, 90° 53.052′ 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. Prehistoric Settlement in Warren County (here, next to this marker); Early Exploration - Fort Nogales (a few steps from this marker); The Selection of a President (a few steps from this marker); "The War Between the States" (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sultana's Last Voyage (within shouting distance of this marker); Sisters of Mercy (within shouting distance of this marker); C.S.S. Arkansas (within shouting distance of this marker); The Steamer Sultana (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
 
The Making of a City Mural image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
2. The Making of a City Mural
Dedication plaque and list of mural artists. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
3. Dedication plaque and list of mural artists.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2017. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 206 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 2, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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