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Published: February 28th 2013
ON THE AMERICAN QUEEN - VICKSBURG Vicksburg was incorporated in 1825 in honor of a Methodist minister, Newitt Vick, and was a prosperous city until the 47 day siege during the Civil War. There are several interesting museums in this small city, with a great deal of emphasis on the Civil War and the river. There are also several hills in town. Walking downhill is a lot easier than going up. It was a beautiful day today with sunshine and temperatures in the low 60’s. The hop on - hop off tour had seven stops. The first I got off at was the Old Depot Museum which had a nice diorama of the siege and several models of ships. Also, a working model train exhibit was well done. My next stop was the Old Court House Museum in, as the name says, the old court house. Wonderful exhibits of Civil War history with both Union and Confederate sides displayed. A remarkable collection!
Jewish immigrants were vital to the development of Vicksburg and all the other towns we have visited so far. They were the merchants that drove much of the prosperity that was experienced in the pre-war years. A notable
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museum is the Biedenham Coca-Cola Museum. The Biedenham Candy Company owner was Joseph A. Biedenham who developed the process for bottling Coca-Cola in 1894. He is responsible for the development of the independent franchise of Coca-Cola bottlers. The museum features displays of the original bottling machinery and historical development of the brand. Across the street was the Doll & Toy Museum. If you like dolls, you would enjoy this place. If you are a doll collector or just interested in dolls, you may be interested in checking out their website; www.yesterdayschildrenmuseum.com
The Church Of The Holy Trinity, is over 125 years old and has six Tiffany stained glass windows as well as the only known set of stained glass widows honoring the deceased of both the North and the South. I went on a tour of the pilot house after lunch. The technology is impressive, but even more impressive is the redundancies built into the system. The captain and the pilot work as a team for safe passage. Because the ship goes under lower bridges on occasion, the pilot house actually lowers to fit. An interesting process. After the pilot house tour, a gator was spotted loafing
between the ship and the shore. First one we’ve seen on this journey. Entertainment tonight was the Artie Shaw Orchestra. They will be leaving tomorrow and new entertainment will be coming aboard. They will have a great challenge to equal the big band sound.
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