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

Koestler Bakery's Christmas Tree Lane

 
 
Koestler Bakery's <i>Christmas Tree Lane</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
1. Koestler Bakery's Christmas Tree Lane Marker
Inscription.  In May 1908, Leo C. Koestler opened Koestler's Bakery on Washington at Belmont Street. The first ovens were coal fired and "Mello-Toast Bread" was delivered to households by a horse-drawn dray. In about 1918, Leo became the first in the state to deliver in a motor truck, a Studebaker, and to sell bread wholesale in Vicksburg, the Mississippi Delta, and east Louisiana, to wrap bread, and to install a slicing machine. In 1919, a new bakery was constructed at Washington and Bridge streets and then in 1949, the building in the mural was constructed at Clay and Hossley streets. Leo died in 1923, leaving the bakery to his children Charles, Leo, Luke, Ann, and Marguerite. The Koestler's believed in giving back to the community and in 1949, this commitment resulted in one of Vicksburg's most enduring memories. Christmas Tree Lane. The bakery lawn was decorated with evergreen trees and then evolved into the scene above. Charles H. Koestler, Jr., built the snowman and, along with family and employees, decorated the lawn every year. While the bakery closed in 1975, the memory of Christmas Tree lives on in the minds of members of the family and brings smiles to all who came.
Sponsored by The Koestler family and friends in memory of Leo C., Charles H. Sr., Leo, Luke, Ann and Marguerite Koestler, the Koestler family, and former Koestler Bakery employees.
 
Erected 2008
Koestler Bakery's <i>Christmas Tree Lane</i> Mural image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
2. Koestler Bakery's Christmas Tree Lane Mural
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by the City of Vicksburg Riverfront Mural Committee.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1908.
 
Location. 32° 21.135′ N, 90° 53′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Levee Street south of Grove 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. Miss Mississippi (here, next to this marker); Rosa A. Temple High School (here, next to this marker); LeTourneau (a few steps from this marker); "Two Bridges at Sunset" (a few steps from this marker); Governor and Mrs. Kirk Fordice (a few steps from this marker); Vicksburg's Original Floodwall (a few steps from this marker); Jitney Jungle (a few steps from this marker); "Gold in the Hills" (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
 
Also see . . .  The Vicksburg Riverfront Mural website. (Submitted on June 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Vicksburg, Mississippi waterfront levee wall murals. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
3. Vicksburg, Mississippi waterfront levee wall murals.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 4, 2017. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 186 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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