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

“The 1953 Vicksburg Tornado”

 
 
"The 1953 Vicksburg Tornado" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
1. "The 1953 Vicksburg Tornado" Marker
Inscription. On a balmy Saturday afternoon in the winter of 1953, a tornado etched a path of destruction from Vicksburg's waterfront through downtown and into a northeast residential area. The December 5th twister is to date (2006) one of only two F5 tornadoes in Mississippi history and the third deadliest in the state. The tornado claimed thirty-eight lives, including 5 children who were watching a movie in the Saenger Theater on Walnut Street and two children at the Happyland Nursery. Within an hour relief agencies were mobilized, help came from surrounding cities, and survivors and the dead were being uncovered from the debris. Scores of buildings were destroyed or were damaged beyond repair by the high winds and subsequent fires, including historically important buildings such as St. Paul Catholic Church, which had stood on Vicksburg's high bluffs since 1849. The Vicksburg Sunday Post Herald received journalism's highest award-the Pulitzer Prize-for its courage under deadline pressure. The Sunday newspaper was printed and then delivered by its carriers the morning following the tornado.
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Erected 2006 by the City of Vicksburg Riverfront Mural Committee.
 
Location. 32° 21.122′ N, 90° 53.006′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Levee Street south of Grove Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The Vicksburg Riverfront Murals are located on the Yazoo Diversion Canal levee wall. Marker is at or near this postal address: Levee Street, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
"The 1953 Vicksburg Tornado" Mural image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
2. "The 1953 Vicksburg Tornado" Mural
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Gold in the Hills" (here, next to this marker); The Vicksburg Garden Clubs and Planters Hall (here, next to this marker); "The Founding of Vicksburg and Methodism" (a few steps from this marker); "Two Bridges at Sunset" (a few steps from this marker); "Logging on the River" (a few steps from this marker); Rosa A. Temple High School (a few steps from this marker); Brothers of the Sacred Heart (a few steps from this marker); Koestler Bakery's Christmas Tree Lane (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Vicksburg Riverfront Mural website. (Submitted on June 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article on the 1953 Vicksburg tornadoes. (Submitted on June 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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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. This page originally submitted on June 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 74 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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