May 23, 2006
& Nancy Neilsen
MISSISSIPPI RIVER SUNSET AT VICKSBURG
"One of America's Most Beautiful Sunsets"
one of the most picturesque views of Vicksburg is that of the two
bridges over the Mississippi River. The first bridge was
constructed between 1927 and 1930 at a cost of $6.5
bridge was, at that time, the only bridge across the river between
Memphis and New Orleans. The
steel cantilever bridge is 7500 feet between the approaches with a
total length of 2.89 miles.
1963, the Mississippi Bureau of Public Roads announced that a new
four-lane bridge would be build immediately south of the present
bridge and world be on the interstate currently under
new Mississippi River bridge at Vicksburg opened for traffic on
February 15, 1973. The boats pictured with the bridges are the
Motor Vessel Mississippi, owned by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers;
the U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Kickapoo; and the mid-river supply boat,
the Big Valley, owned by Ergon.
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