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

Railroads and Rivers

 

—Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —

 
Railroads and Rivers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
1. Railroads and Rivers Marker
Inscription.
Railroad Depot
Built in 1907, the Illinois Central, Yazoo, and Mississippi Valley Railroad Depot was the busiest rail station in the state. Construction cost was $60,715 and 22 passenger and freight trains came and went every day. These rail lines stretched from the east to west coast and from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

Without Bridges
Transfer boats were used move the trains across the Mississippi River.

Vicksburg High & Dry
West of the railroad depot was the Mississippi River. During April 26 and 27, 1876 the river changed its course and left Vicksburg high and dry. The river had been "Key" to Vicksburg helping make it the largest city and busiest transportation hub in the state.

In 1892 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began work to divert the Yazoo River into the old Mississippi River bed. The Yazoo Diversion Canal was completed in January of 1903 making Vicksburg river accessible again. The Mississippi River today is a mile south down the Yazoo Canal.

Photo captions
Top: Before road systems and heavy trucks, railroads and rivers determined key city locations and growth. Vicksburg 1910
Right: Delta, Louisiana to Vicksburg Mississippi 1885
 
Erected
View from marker towards the Old Vicksburg Railroad Depot. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
2. View from marker towards the Old Vicksburg Railroad Depot.
2017 by the City of Vicksburg. (Marker Number 29.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi, Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail marker series.
 
Location. 32° 21.135′ N, 90° 52.946′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Grove Street west of Washington Street (Business U.S. 51), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Grove Street, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. LeTourneau (within shouting distance of this marker); Miss Mississippi (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Vicksburg's Original Floodwall (about 300 feet away); Koestler Bakery's Christmas Tree Lane (about 300 feet away); Rosa A. Temple High School (about 300 feet away); "Two Bridges at Sunset" (about 300 feet away); "Gold in the Hills" (about 300 feet away); "The 1953 Vicksburg Tornado" (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWaterways & Vessels
 
View north along railroad tracks. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
3. View north along railroad tracks.
The American Queen Steamboat on the Yazoo River, docked at the Old Depot. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
4. The American Queen Steamboat on the Yazoo River, docked at the Old Depot.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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