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Vicksburg, Mississippi – Day 6

Note: I’m now expecting to arrive in Memphis around April 14th….about 250 miles north of Vicksburg. Mary has made her flight reservations. She’ll meet me in Memphis on April 16th.

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The motorhome is parked at Moose Lodge #1581. I expect to depart here tomorrow.

Vicksburg has a very interesting history which you can read about by clicking this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vicksburg,_Mississippi

Yesterday I showed some of the murals on the city side of the levee wall at Vicksburg, Mississippi. If you missed that entry, here’s the link…
http://wp.me/pDCku-7KO

Today I’m going to start out by showing the river side of the levee wall…

When I was there, the America Queen had just arrived and was tying up. I first saw her in Natchez about three weeks ago. If you missed that entry, here’s the link…
http://wp.me/pDCku-7sG

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

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The riverboat behind and to the left is a casino. It appears to be sitting on a floating platform and can rise and lower with the river…

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Here’s another view. Take note of a grayish panel on the wall directly under an electrical pole…

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Here’s the photo of that panel that shows the levels of past floods. By looking back at the above photo you can see just how high the river rose during those floods. That’s sure a lot of water…

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A river tour boat…

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A nearby sign…

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Then I drove south along the river for about three miles where I came to the top of a rise and took these photos. Just yesterday I was reading a book about how the ships in 1862-63 had to run the gauntlet. Some of the fiercest naval/land battles of the Civil War took place here… (double-click to read the printing on the sign)

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On the other side of the river is the State of Louisiana…

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A short drive further south brought me to the Visitors Information Center where I took these photos…

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President of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis…

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General John Pemberton who surrendered Vicksburg to General Ulysses Grant after a 47 day siege…

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It wasn’t hard to picture scenes such as this one below these cliffs…

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A visit to Vicksburg is a very emotional trip back into history…especially the Civil War. The Vicksburg National Memorial Park is unlike any other Civil War battlefield. I visited the park while here in 2007. If you are not familiar with it, here’s the official government website link…
http://www.nps.gov/vick/index.htm

And a Wikipedia informational link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vicksburg_National_Military_Park

If you have never visited Vicksburg, I highly encouraged you to do so. It’s a place you will not soon forget.

Enjoying historical sites is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Mississippi. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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Natchez, Mississippi – Day 3

Note: Mary flew from Baton Rouge Airport, Louisiana on March 12 to her home in California. I’m hoping to get her back with me by mid-April. My current plans are to drift SLOWLY north along the Mississippi River to Memphis, Tennessee where I’ll then turn northeast heading for New England for the Summer. Can’t go north too fast because it’s still cold up there! The Mississippi River is rich in history…I expect it to be an interesting passage.
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The motorhome is still parked at the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1662 in Natchez, Mississippi.

Natchez remained mostly undamaged from the Civil War. Hence this old city with its narrow and many one-way streets remains a beautiful city. To read about Natchez, click this link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natchez,_Mississippi

Yesterday’s first outing was back to Natchez under the hill. You can read more about this area of Natchez in yesterday’s Blog entry by clicking this link…
http://wp.me/pDCku-7rN

The American Queen, had arrived at 8:00 AM. At 418 feet long and 99 feet to the top of her stacks, it’s the largest river steamboat ever built. Her passengers toured Natchez by the steamboat company bus and departed at 5:00 PM. I tried, but was not allowed to take interior photos. You can read about the American Queen by clicking this link…
http://www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/

Here are some of the photos that I took…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

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Next stop was at one part of the Natchez National Historical Park…the William Johnston House. You can read all about William Johnston and his house by clicking the next link. The PDF file may take a few seconds to load…
http://www.nps.gov/natc/planyourvisit/upload/WilliamJohnsonHouseCorrectedMap.pdf

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Just one block up the street is the old Adams County Courthouse. I shot the courthouse photos in the watercolor mode which I like to use on stately old buildings…

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Final stop of the day was at the second part of the Natchez National Historical Park…Melrose. This 1800s Greek revival-style mansion represents the height of Southern prosperity and the “Cotton Kingdom.” Built by the John T. McMurran family beginning in 1841, Melrose was, according to McMurran daughter-in-law Alice Austen, “very elegant; one of the handsomest places I have seen North or South.” If you are curious, I found this YouTube video of Melrose on the Internet…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEMZMnDeKDU

The main house is currently undergoing restoration so I could not get inside….

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On the way back to the motorhome I passed the Auburn Mansion. There are so many mansions in the Natchez area…I’ve yet decided which one(s) to tour as they all want $15. You can read about Auburn by clicking this link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auburn_%28Natchez,_Mississippi%29

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I’ll explore more of Natchez today.

Enjoying historic places is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Mississippi. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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