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Vicksburg, Mississippi

In addition to the strategic importance of its high bluffs commanding the river, Vicksburg was a major inland port. The rich slave-labor plantations of Mississippi and Louisiana shipped their cotton and sugar down the river from its port and it was a busy steamboat stop.

The high ground at Vicksburg also made possible one of the very few bridges across the lower Mississippi, built for the Kansas City Southern Railway in 1930, with a second added for US 80/Interstate 20 in 1973.

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Historic flood levels recorded on the flood wall at Vicksburg

Historic flood levels recorded on the flood wall at Vicksburg

This massive flood wall protects the base of Vicksburg hill from erosion, the waters rise all around it. The levels of historic Mississippi River floods, notably in 1927 and 2011, are recorded on the wall.

Vicksburg, Mississippi

Date photographed: April 8, 2015
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Navy Circle viewpoint at the Vicksburg bridges

Navy Circle viewpoint at the Vicksburg bridges

Naval artillery based here commanded the Mississipi River during the Civil War, effectively cutting the Confederacy in half. Note the narrow roadway next to the railroad tracks, used by highway 80 until construction of the second bridge. It had signals to make it one-way only for trucks.

Vicksburg, Mississippi

Date photographed: April 9, 2015
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Visitor Center at the Vicksburg Bridges

Visitor Center at the Vicksburg Bridges

A state welcome center is located next to the Interstate 20 crossing of the Mississippi River at Vicksburg.

Vicksburg, Mississippi

Date photographed: April 9, 2015
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