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Monday, May 13, 2019

Vicksburg and Poverty Point

After a quiet night in the petrified forest, we headed towards Vicksburg, Mississippi. An overlook, just outside the city provided views of barge traffic on the mighty Mississippi.

Boats, trains, and automobiles pass on this Mississippi River crossing. If you peek through the bridges you might be able to see a barge.

Level parking is a bit of a challenge in this town on a hillside.

A riverboat cruise sent their passengers ashore to enhance the local economy just before we arrived.

The train station still looks good after many years of flooding. It is now a museum and event space.




Lots of civil war history in this pretty southern town. Jefferson Davis was a local farmer who started his political career making a speech in front of this courthouse. He later went on to become President of the Confederacy.

Mansions abound in the city and appear to be well cared for. A leisurely walking tour led us to shops, restaurants, and churches.



City Hall is a unique building.

The Women's Reading club met in this building with a curved porch and balcony.

We stumbled upon the Lower Mississippi River Museum, another well done Army Corp of Engineers facility.

Not only was the museum interesting, but it includes a river boat that is free and open to the public.
The pilot house gives a good view forward...
... and down so the captain can see the tie points for the raft of barges that these boats can push.
Beth liked the full size chart table with drawers.  It is quite a contrast to the tiny table on our 35 foot sailboat.
The technology in use when the boat retired in the early nineties was fun to see.
The crew maintained a serious electrical panel.
Stairs lead down to the engine room.
The port side engine was easy to access for maintenance.
The engine room has a back-up helm station.
The galley was huge with clearly posted rules and reasonable meal prices.
The morning in Vicksburg was great fun. We love being small enough to fit in on-street parking spots.
Drove just outside of town to make lunch in the shade. Grant's Canal was one of those places that sounded better than it really was.




Other than some historical markers and hordes of mosquitos, there wasn't much to see. It was an uncrowded place to park for lunch.

Once across the river we were in farm country. The river floodplain made fertile farmland. This yellow crop duster was prepping for take-off, so we stopped and watched him rise into the air.

Next on today's agenda was Poverty Point World Heritage Site. Built between 1700 and 1100 BCE, this site has mounds and artifacts from when humans built major earthworks here. We were the only vehicle at this pullout for one of the largest mounds.

Boardwalks protect the site from erosion and make the climb easier. We pondered what motivated pre-agrarian people to build these structures as we ascended to the top.

A selfie with us and the van in the distance.

Twenty minutes down the road we chose Poverty Point Reservoir State Park for tonight. In addition to campsites, there are two bedroom lodges for rent suspended over the lake.

Poverty Point had shaded and level sites, clean showers, and even free laundry. Our site was $33.11 for the night.
Here's the road recap for today.

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