The Making of a City

The Making of a City (HM1YP5)

Location: Vicksburg, MS 39183 Warren County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 21.033', W 90° 53.052'

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The City of Vicksburg was founded in 1819 by Newit Vick, a Methodist minister. He died of yellow fever before the town could be laid out, however, leaving that task to his son-in-law, John Lane.

Incorporated in 1825 with a population of 180, the city grew rapidly because of its location on high bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River and soon became the largest and most progressive city in the state.

The city administration worked diligently to provide educational facilities, fire and police protection, and a new city hall in the latest Beaux Arts style.

Public transportation begin with horse-drawn trolleys and by 1899, ten miles of track carried electric trolleys to the far corners of the city.

One of the highlights of recreational activities was watching the Vicksburg Billies, a semi-pro baseball team.

Sponsored by The City of Vicksburg, Mississippi and The Mississippi Arts Commission
HM NumberHM1YP5
Year Placed2003
Placed ByThe City of Vicksburg Riverfront Mural Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, June 2nd, 2017 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 699104 N 3581260
Decimal Degrees32.35055000, -90.88420000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 21.033', W 90° 53.052'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 21' 1.98" N, 90° 53' 3.12" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)601
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1200-1298 Levee St, Vicksburg MS 39183, US
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