President McKinley Visits the "Land of Cotton"

President McKinley Visits the "Land of Cotton" (HM1YRS)

Location: Vicksburg, MS 39183 Warren County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 21.098', W 90° 53.017'

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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.

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Jacque and Larry Nicola
In honor of their parents, Lillie and Fouad Nicola and Dixie Justice
Year Placed2007
Placed ByThe City of Vicksburg Riverfront Mural Committee
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Date Added Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 699156 N 3581381
Decimal Degrees32.35163333, -90.88361667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 21.098', W 90° 53.017'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 21' 5.88" N, 90° 53' 1.02" W
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Area Code(s)601
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1200-1298 Levee St, Vicksburg MS 39183, US
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