Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
President Dwight Eisenhower
— Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —
The Columns-Beaulieu (1899)
Built in 1899 by Samuel and Helen Ragan, this home was quite a "Show Piece". The Ragan's owned S.C. Ragan and Company, a large wholesale grocery and produce company.
After the Civil War this part of Cherry Street became known as "Millionaires Row". Post cards were even printed showing the area's beauty.
General Eisenhower Visits
The home was owned by Ray and Elie Lum when General Dwight Eisenhower stayed here in 1947. Eisenhower was a popular, well-respected, decorated Army General who had commanded military forces in Europe during World War II. During his stay, Eisenhower gave a speech from the balcony and spoke about the possibility of running for president. Starting on July 4, 1863 when Vicksburg surrendered to Union forces, National Independence Day had not been celebrated by the town. However, on July 4, 1947 a parade and party were held to honor visiting General Eisenhower. From that year forward Vicksburg continued to celebrate Independence Day. Dwight Eisenhower later won the presidential election in a landslide victory and
Erected 2017 by the City of Vicksburg. (Marker Number 34.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Industry & Commerce • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi, Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail series list.
Location. 32° 20.498′ N, 90° 52.757′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of Cherry Street and Belmont Street, on the right when traveling south on Cherry Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2002 Cherry Street, Vicksburg MS 39180, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vicksburg Garden Club (a few steps from this marker); Blue Roof (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Apple Orchard (about 700 feet away); Signal Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carr Central High School (approx. ¼ mile away); Magnolia High School (approx. ¼ mile away); Lum Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Speed Town (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
Also see . . . The "Columns", also known as Beaulieu. (Submitted on March 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 128 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.