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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)

Mississippi River Commission

Mississippi River Commission Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 10, 2016
1. Mississippi River Commission Marker
Inscription.  The Mississippi River Commission (MRC) was established on June 28, 1879 by an Act of Congress. Congress tasked the MRC with the mission to develop plans to improve the condition of the Mississippi River, foster navigation, promote commerce, and prevent destructive floods. Today, the MRC provides water resources engineering direction and policy advice to the Administration, Congress, and the Army in a drainage basin that covers 41 percent of the United States by overseeing the planning and reporting on the improvements on the Mississippi River. The mission of the MRC has been the same since 1879 — to help the people who depend on and live along the Mississippi River by managing this essential national resource, and giving those people a greater voice in shaping policy.

The MRC is charged with the comprehensive river management program known as the Mississippi River and Tributaries (MR&T) project. The MR&T project is the largest flood control project in the world, providing protection to the 36,000 square-mile Lower Mississippi River Valley. The four major elements of the MR&T project include: levees, floodways, channel improvements,
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and tributary basin improvements. These tasks, and more, are completed by the fleet of US Army Corps of Engineers work vessels, including the MRC's flagship, Mississippi.

For more information about the MRC please visit the MRC building at:
1400 Walnut Street
Vicksburg, MS 39180
or visit MRC on the web at

Erected by Mississippi River Commission, Corps of Engineers.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersGovernment & PoliticsIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is June 28, 1879.
Location. 32° 21.232′ N, 90° 52.895′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Washington Street (Business U.S. 61) north of Jackson Street, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located along the sidewalk just north of the Lower Mississippi River Museum, overlooking the Mississippi IV exhibit. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 910 Washington 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. Motor Vessel Mississippi IV (a few steps from this marker); Flagships of the MRC (a few steps from this marker); C.S. Company A, (about 300 feet away, measured in
Marker detail: MRC Building image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: MRC Building
a direct line); 61 Highway (about 300 feet away); William R. Ferris (about 600 feet away); Railroads and Rivers (about 600 feet away); Planters' Hall (about 700 feet away); Jitney Jungle (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Mississippi River Commission
Also see . . .  Mississippi River Commission (Wikipedia). There are seven members on the commission. The mission is executed through the United States Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division Districts in St. Paul, Rock Island, St. Louis, Memphis, Vicksburg, and New Orleans. The headquarters of the operation is in Historic Downtown Vicksburg in the Mississippi River Commission Building. (Submitted on December 22, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
Mississippi River Commission Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 10, 2016
3. Mississippi River Commission Marker
(Mississippi IV in background)
Mississippi River Commission Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 10, 2016
4. Mississippi River Commission Building
(located 4 blocks southeast of marker on Walnut Street at Crawford Street)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 20, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 196 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 22, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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