April 12, 2002
WATERFRONT, CIRCA 1907:
"A City Born of the River'"
river determined the location of Vicksburg to be on the hills above
the Mississippi, safe from floods. The river was the highway of
mid-America, the lifeblood of the town, and a haven for
flatboats, barges, snag boats, dredges, steamboats and towboats.
grew to line the hills, church spires pointed heavenward, and a
handsome courthouse dominated the skyline. The river carved a
new channel in 1876, leaving Vicksburg without a port until 1903 when
the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers diverted the Yazoo River into the
scene of the city, circa 1907, is a reminder that Vicksburg was born
of the river.
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