Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Saved by the Jail...
—Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —
Since Union prisoners were housed next door at the Warren County Jail, the house suffered only minor damage from Union bombing during the siege. Tom Morrissey, a creative entrepreneur, purchased this home in 1907. When Mississippi became the first "dry" state in 1918, Tom set up a saloon on a barge across the river in Louisiana. Vicksburgers could take a short boat ride to his saloon and continue to purchase alcohol.
River Commerce Hub
Captain Tom Morrissey acquired the beautiful steamboat "Belle of the Bends" when its owner failed to repay the debt after using the boat for collateral. Morrissey, a leader in river commerce, owned six steamboats that delivered goods to towns from New Orleans to Memphis along the Mississippi River. During this time Vicksburg was the largest city in the state and was a key transportation hub.
President Theodore Roosevelt
In 1902 President Theodore Roosevelt traveled to Vicksburg on the "Belle of the Bends" for his famous bear hunt at Onward, Mississippi. The iconic American children's toy, the Teddy Bear, was named from the outcome of this famous hunt. Roosevelt's hunting guide, Holt Collier, was born a slave, later became a Confederate cavalryman, and had killed over 3,000 bears in his life!
Erected 2017 by the City of Vicksburg. (Marker Number 17.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi, Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail marker series.
Location. 32° 21.043′ N, 90° 52.696′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of Cherry Street and China Street, on the right when traveling north on Cherry Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1117 Cherry Street, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Featherston-Magruder House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Daily Citizen (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hard Times Square (about 400 feet away); Old Natchez District (about 400 feet away); South Central Bell (about 400 feet away); Vicksburg (about 400 feet away); Men of Kindness (about 600 feet away); Mississippi Dental Association (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on Holt Collier. (Submitted on March 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Animals • Notable Persons • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.