Railroads and Rivers

Railroads and Rivers (HM2699)

Location: Vicksburg, MS 39183 Warren County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 21.135', W 90° 52.946'

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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
HM NumberHM2699
Year Placed2018
Placed ByThe City of Vicksburg
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, March 25th, 2018 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 699266 N 3581452
Decimal Degrees32.35225000, -90.88243333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 21.135', W 90° 52.946'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 21' 8.1000000000001" N, 90° 52' 56.76" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)601
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 501-699 Grove St, Vicksburg MS 39183, US
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