LeTourneau

LeTourneau (HM1YQG)

Location: Vicksburg, MS 39183 Warren County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 21.141', W 90° 52.996'

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In 1942. R.G. LeTourneau, the man largely responsible for the invention and development of earth-moving machines in wide use today, built his fourth manufacturing plant in Vicksburg. He brought with him a small group of talented men including Clyde Wilson and Eddie Florell.

LeTourneau's factories supplied bomb casings and 70% of all heavy earth-moving equipment used by Allied forces during WWII.

In 1955, he built his first mobile off-shore jack-up drilling rig at the Vicksburg plant for Zapata Drilling. During the 1970s, as many as 7 rigs were under construction by a workforce exceeding 2,000.

To house the increasing population of employees in Vicksburg, he built a village complete with grocery store, post office, beauty shop, credit union, swimming pool, tennis courts, ball fields, airstrip, and concrete houses with heated floors, which were fabricated with a machine of his design.

A devout Christian, "Mr. R.G." termed himself "in partnership with God." He tithed 90%, employed full-time chaplains, and offered weekly chapel services in his plants. He traveled the country in a converted A-26 glass-nosed bomber plane, giving his personal testimony as a Christian. His philanthropy extended around the world with missionary projects in Liberia and Peru.

Sponsored by C.H. and Jo Wilson and Friends of LeTourneau
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HM NumberHM1YQG
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Year Placed2009
Placed ByThe City of Vicksburg Riverfront Mural Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, June 4th, 2017 at 9:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 699187 N 3581461
Decimal Degrees32.35235000, -90.88326667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 21.141', W 90° 52.996'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 21' 8.46" N, 90° 52' 59.76" W
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Area Code(s)601
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1000-1098 Levee St, Vicksburg MS 39183, US
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