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Apr 13, 2019 - Magnolia RV, Vicksburg, MS

We departed Canton the next morning, the 11th and traveled 305 miles to Vicksburg the spot of the famed Vicksburg Seige during the Civil War. We have wanted to stop here for several years to investigate and learn about this historic battlefield. This RV park, Magnolia is just far enough off the freeway to be quiet yet easy off and on. Take exit 1-B and travel south. We paid $28 for FHU 50 amp per day. From the RV Park we traveled 4.5 miles to the NPS Visitors Center for the Vicksburg National Military Park. The visitors center was very...

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Dec 6, 2018 - Ameristar RV Campground (12/5 - 12/6/18)

We stayed in Ameristar RV Campground in site #47. This campground is part of the Ameristar Casino that is just across the road right on the Mississippi River. The park is quite large and was about 1/3 full. We did some gambling at the Ameristar and we all lost. But we decided to stay a second day because there was a poker tourney the next day. We had dinner in the historic downtown area of Vicksburg at 10 South Rooftop Bar & Grill. It was on the 9th floor. The bar area was surrounded on three sides by half walls with plastic window...

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Jul 30, 2018 - Vicksburg, Mississippi

The vacation is officially over! It has rained on us since we left Colorado. Heck it rained on us the the days we were in Colorado. Just for your information, during the whole time Elisabeth was with us, it rained 2 days in a month. Since we got to Colorado it has rained every day! Some worse than others, but starting in Texas the rain has gotten stronger and the storms more intense. We are now across the Mississippi River and can no longer say we are out west. The roads are worse and the traffic much heavier. No more Big Sky! Well turning...

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Dec 12, 2017 - Vicksburg, MS

Today we made our way south and west from Corinth MS to Vicksburg. We used state roads, which were mostly 4 lane limited access and pretty good. The day would have been pretty uneventful if I had planned my fuel stops better. Yesterday we got diesel fuel at a Pilot-Flying J truck stop in McCalla, and there are no more PFJ's on the way to Corinth. There is a PFJ about 100 miles southwest of Corinth and I thought we could easily make it on a full tank with about 60 miles to spare. The problem arose when we deviated from the planned route...

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Nov 25, 2017 - Vicksburg, Mississippi

Like most riverfront towns along the Mississippi River, Vicksburg has erected a tall floodwall. The wall today is tall enough to have contained even the highest water in recorded history had it been present at that time. Also, like other towns, Vicksburg has covered the walls with murals depicting history from prehistoric times and war times, Vicksburg’s role in river commerce, visits by presidents, and its survival through floods and tornados. Perhaps you knew that Coca-Cola was invented in 1886 by a pharmacist in Atlanta, Georgia. But,...

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2017-Adventures

Oct 12, 2016 - Vicksburg battlefield and Army Corps ship

As we drove south in Arkansas and into Louisiana we saw cotton fields. Some were picked with baled cotton waiting to be picked up, some were like white snow and we saw the trucks with canvas tops that transport the cotton to the gin. We are at the Ameristar Casino RV park - very nice. We are on the back row and there are trees full of birds, so Birti is well entertained. We first went along the canal that now follows the original channel of the Mississippi River at the time of the Battle of Vicksburg and there are outlooks with cannon at...

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2016 Eagle trip

Sep 10, 2016 - Vicksburg

They finished with the RV yesterday so we headed over to the wash yard this morning and washed it. From the beginning of the Civil War control of the Mississippi River was the key to winning the war. This would let Union troops and supplies into the south and it would isolate Texas, Arkansas and most of Louisiana. For protection the Confederates built fortifications at key river points. The Federal forces fought south from Illinois and north from the Gulf of Mexico, capturing post after post. By late summer 1862 only Vicksburg, MS and Port...

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Jun 26, 2016 - Coca Cola Bottling and Last dinner in Vicksburg

Nice lazy morning, meaning we slept in late and fuddled around. Finally left at 12 for the Mississippi River Museum and the Coca Cola Museum, both in Vicksburg. Unfortunately, the River Museum was closed for Sunday. So we went to the Coca Cola Museum, only it didn't open until 1:30. We'd seen people on the other side of the Mississippi River on a beach and Charlotte suggested driving across the river into Louisiana to find the beach and dip our toes in the river. So off we went along the freeway until we saw a right hand turn to The Delta....

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To Maine and back

Jun 25, 2016 - Driving the Natchez Trace

Up and out by 9:30 to drive to Natchez which is about 50 miles south of Vicksburg where we're staying. We'd been in Natchez 13 years ago when Seaberry gave birth to Quinn, her first child, and Charlotte went to be with her and Luke in Maryland. After the birth, Charlotte drove down to Atlanta to pick Wayne up and we drove home to Colorado through Natchez. We'd stayed at a beautiful old southern antebellum mansion that was now a hotel. The idea when leaving Vicksburg now so many years later was to follow what is called the Trace, which was a...

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Jun 24, 2016 - Vicksburg National Military Park

Today it is me going to the Vicksburg National Military Park. This is the site of the Civil War battle/Siege of the town of Vicksburg. The Union army had the confederates bottled up in the city, but the confederates had command of the Mississippi River which the Union army needed. The Union ships could not go past the city without getting shot up by the cannons the confederates had on the bluff overlooking the river. So General US Grant had to capture the city since this was the last defensive position to block the river from the Union....

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To Maine and back

Jun 23, 2016 - Now going to Vicksburg, MS

Woke to the sound of my phone ringing at 6 am. It was the RV park in Virginia Beach calling back. They did have a space for me for the 5 days in July that I wanted so I confirmed the reservation, that saved me about $200. That was a good piece of news. I was up so I did a quick walk and then back to clean up and eat breakfast. After breakfast, I started closing up while Charlotte had a few items of work to do. We got on the road by 10 am, today was going to be a easy day, freeway across Louisiana to Vicksburg, Mississippi. About two thirds...

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To Maine and back

May 9, 2016 - First night on the road

We're heading for Dallas, stopping for one night in Vicksburg, Mississippi, at the Ameristar Casino RV Park. Here's a hint, in case I haven't mentioned before: Casino RV Parks are generally very reasonably priced, usually patrolled by security and very often the casino will provide shuttle service to the casino if the RV park isn't right next to it. We skipped the casino this time.

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