SPONSOR: City of Vicksburg
and Mississippi Arts Commission
TO VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI
"A Fascinating City of National Importance"
The City of Vicksburg was founded by Newitt Vick, a Methodist
minister. He died of yellow fever before the town could be laid
out, however, leaving that task to his son-in-law John Lane.
in 1825 with a population of 180, the city grew rapidly because of its
location on high bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River and soon
became the largest and most progressive city in the state.
city administration worked diligently to provide educational
facilities, fire and police protection, and a new city hall in the
latest Beaux Arts style.
transportation begin with horse-drawn trolleys and, by 1899, ten miles
of track carried electric trolleys to the far corners of the city.
of the highlights of recreational activities was watching the
Vicksburg Billies, a semi-pro baseball team.1763 divided French possessions
and this area was ceded to Great Britain.
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