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

President McKinley Visits the “Land of Cotton”

 
 
President McKinley Visits the "Land of Cotton" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
1. President McKinley Visits the "Land of Cotton" Marker
Inscription. When William McKinley, the 25th president of the United States (1897-1901), visited Vicksburg on May 1, 1901, cotton was “king” in Vicksburg and Warren County, as is evidenced by this arch of cotton bales (each weighing about 450 pounds) that greeted him and his wife. Vicksburg had at the time a world-wide reputation for the quality of her cotton, being located in the center of the long stapled cotton district, whose product, technically known as Bender’s cotton, commanded the highest market price. Not only were Vicksburg’s fields fertile, but her development as a transportation hub, on the Mississippi River with easy access to the railroad, made the city a “cotton center.” The cotton trade was divided into two sharply defined branches - cotton factors who represented the producer and cotton brokers who represented the manufacturer. In 1888, Vicksburg’s cotton receipts were 60,000 bales valued at $3,000,000. The Vicksburg Cotton Exchange, an organization founded in 1874, received all cotton market reports during the regular season and performed the functions of the city’s board of trade. Other businesses associated with the cotton trade were cotton compresses and three cottonseed oil mills - the Refuge, the Vicksburg , and the Hill City Cottonseed Oil Company.

Sponsored by
Jacque and Larry Nicola
In honor of their parents, Lillie and Fouad Nicola and Dixie Justice
 
Erected 2007 by the City of Vicksburg Riverfront Mural Committee.
 
Location. 32° 21.098′ N, 90° 
President McKinley Visits the "Land of Cotton" Mural image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
2. President McKinley Visits the "Land of Cotton" Mural
53.017′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker can be reached from Levee Street south of Grove Street. 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. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Nation's Most Destructive Flood (here, next to this marker); "The Blues are the Roots, the Rest are the Fruits"-Willie Dixon (here, next to this marker); Carr School (a few steps from this marker); The Steamer Sprague (a few steps from this marker); Brothers of the Sacred Heart (within shouting distance of this marker); "Logging on the River" (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Founding of Vicksburg and Methodism" (within shouting distance of this marker); The Vicksburg Garden Clubs and Planters Hall (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
 
Also see . . .  The Vicksburg Riverfront Mural website. (Submitted on June 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
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 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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