Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Main and Cherry
— Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —
This was a busy and lively area during early Vicksburg.
Everything you wanted or needed was nearby. Court Square, churches, retail stores, and the Mississippi River were just a few blocks away.
River and rail systems were the key to the growth and prosperity of the city. During the 1880's there were horse drawn street cars and in 1899 the city upgraded to electric trolleys. The Vicksburg Trolley system had 22 cars and 11.5 miles of track and cost a nickel to ride. In 1939 the trolleys were replaced by busses.
Rabbi to Herman Bien
Rabbi Herman Bien came to Vicksburg in 1883 to lead the Anshe Chesed (men of kindness) Jewish Congregation. Before moving to Vicksburg the Rabbi was elected to Nevada's first legislature where he attempted to abolish the death penalty in 1864. His most popular book, Ben Beor, was written here and is still being published over 100 years later. Sadly on April 22, 1895 he took his own life leaving a note that told of his disappointment with his life. He was buried in Vicksburg at the Anshe Chesed Cemetery.
Here find that calm, thou gav’st so oft before.
Sleep undisturb’d within this peaceful shrine
till angels wake thee with a voice sublime.
Bottom right: A typical Vicksburg day on Washington Street in 1910.
Erected 2017 by the City of Vicksburg. (Marker Number 11.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi, Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 22, 1895.
Location. 32° 21.214′ N, 90° 52.669′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of Cherry Street and Main Street, on the right when traveling north on Cherry Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Cherry 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. Vicksburg's First Bank (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Judge Lake (about 400 feet away); Happy Home (about 400 feet away); If Walls Could Talk (about 400 feet away); Women of Influence (about 400 feet away); Growing and Changing (about 400 feet away); Anchuca (about 400 feet away); Mississippi Dental Association (about 400 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 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 130 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.