Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Railroads and Rivers
— Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —
Built in 1907, the Illinois Central, Yazoo, and Mississippi Valley Railroad Depot was the busiest rail station in the state. Construction cost was $60,715 and 22 passenger and freight trains came and went every day. These rail lines stretched from the east to west coast and from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
Transfer boats were used move the trains across the Mississippi River.
Vicksburg High & Dry
West of the railroad depot was the Mississippi River. During April 26 and 27, 1876 the river changed its course and left Vicksburg high and dry. The river had been "Key" to Vicksburg helping make it the largest city and busiest transportation hub in the state.
In 1892 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began work to divert the Yazoo River into the old Mississippi River bed. The Yazoo Diversion Canal was completed in January of 1903 making Vicksburg river accessible again. The Mississippi River today is a mile south down the Yazoo Canal.
Top: Before road systems and heavy trucks, railroads and
Right: Delta, Louisiana to Vicksburg Mississippi 1885
Erected 2017 by the City of Vicksburg. (Marker Number 29.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi, Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail series list.
Location. 32° 21.135′ N, 90° 52.946′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Grove Street west of Washington Street (Business U.S. 51), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Grove 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. William R. Ferris (within shouting distance of this marker); LeTourneau (within shouting distance of this marker); Miss Mississippi (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Vicksburg's Original Floodwall (about 300 feet away); Koestler Bakery's Christmas Tree Lane (about 300 feet away); Rosa A. Temple High School (about 300 feet away); "Two Bridges at Sunset" (about 300 feet away); "Gold in the Hills" (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 109 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.