The river determined the location of Vicksburg to be on the hills above the Mississippi, safe from floods. The river was the highway of Mid-America, the lifeblood of the town and a haven for flatboats, barges, snag boats, dredges, steamboats and towboats. Buildings grew to line the hills, church spires pointed heavenward, and a handsome courthouse dominated the skyline. The river carved a new channel in 1876 leaving Vicksburg without a port until 1903 when the Yazoo River was diverted into the old bed. This scene of the city, circa 1907, is a reminder that Vicksburg was born of the river.
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