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

Teddy Roosevelt Bear Hunt

 
 
Teddy Roosevelt Bear Hunt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 27, 2017
1. Teddy Roosevelt Bear Hunt Marker
Inscription. On November 12, 1902, the Washington Post reported that President Theodore Roosevelt was headed to Smedes, Mississippi, 25 miles north of Vicksburg, for a 4-day bear hunt. The article said the president "did not anticipate the pleasure of killing a bear so much as the pleasure of a few days complete recreation in the woods." The guide for the hunt was Holt Collier, a scout during the Civil War and later a guide for Gen. Wade Hampton. Collier had helped kill 1000 bears, nearly 150 in a single season. On November 14, the hounds cornered a 235-pound bear. Collier tied it to a tree and called for the president. When Roosevelt arrived, he would not shoot the bear. Political cartoonist Clifford Berryman drew Roosevelt with a little bear tied to a tree with the caption, "Drawing the Line in Mississippi." Soon toy manufacturers were producing "Teddy's Bears," later called Teddy Bears.
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Erected 2003 by the City of Vicksburg Riverfront Mural Committee.
 
Location. 32° 21.071′ N, 90° 53.029′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Levee Street north of Clay Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The Vicksburg Riverfront Murals are
Teddy Roosevelt Bear Hunt image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
2. Teddy Roosevelt Bear Hunt
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. Washington Street (here, next to this marker); Vicksburg Waterfront Circa 1907 (here, next to this marker); Crossing the Mississippi (a few steps from this marker); Dedication of the Illinois Monument (a few steps from this marker); Joseph Biedenharn and the First Bottling of Coca-Cola (within shouting distance of this marker); "New Beginnings & Lasting Legacies" (within shouting distance of this marker); Sisters of Mercy (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sultana's Last Voyage (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
 
Also see . . .  The Theodore Roosevelt Association - Real Teddy Bear Story. (Submitted on July 13, 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.
Clifford Berryman's 1902 political cartoon in the Washington Post spawned the Teddy bear. image. Click for full size.
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4. Clifford Berryman's 1902 political cartoon in the Washington Post spawned the Teddy bear.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 78 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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