Teddy Roosevelt Bear Hunt

Teddy Roosevelt Bear Hunt (HM1ZTD)

Location: Vicksburg, MS 39183 Warren County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 21.071', W 90° 53.029'

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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.
Sponsored by International Paper
Year Placed2003
Placed ByThe City of Vicksburg Riverfront Mural Committee
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Date Added Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 10:35pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 699138 N 3581331
Decimal Degrees32.35118333, -90.88381667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 21.071', W 90° 53.029'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 21' 4.26" N, 90° 53' 1.74" W
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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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