Vicksburg's First Bank

Vicksburg's First Bank (HM26BB)

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

N 32° 21.224', W 90° 52.738'

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—Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —

Planters Bank of Mississippi

Built in 1834 Planters Hall housed Vicksburg's first bank. During early banking in Mississippi, state law required the bank president and his family to live on the second story of the bank. When the bank failed in 1842, the building became a private residence.

Close Call

William McRae, one of Warren County's
sheriffs, purchased the house in 1854.
During the shelling of the city in 1862,
Lucy McRae, described in her diary
the day "Papa almost died." Papa was
standing in the front bedroom watching the battle between Federal gunboats
and Confederate batteries when a shell
fragment broke the window, passed
through his beard, and imbedded into
the wall next to him!

Union Occupation

After the Surrender of Vicksburg on July 4, 1863, many of the local homes were occupied by Union troops during Reconstruction. Planters Hall was used by Union General Elias Smith Dennis for his headquarters.

Another First in Vicksburg

Foot-specific shoes were invented in 1818, but "straight" shoes continued to be the most commonly sold through 1850. In 1884 Phil Gilbert's Shoe Parlor in Vicksburg, Mississippi was the very first merchant to put shoes together in pairs and sell them in boxes!

Less We Forget


Memorial Auditorium, built in 1951 in honor of those who fought in World War II and the Korean War, sits just across the street. Beginning in 1957 the Miss Mississippi Pageant was held in this Art Deco building for 40 years. In 1997, the pageant moved to the new and larger Vicksburg Convention Center.
HM NumberHM26BB
Year Placed2018
Placed ByThe City of Vicksburg
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, March 26th, 2018 at 7:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 699589 N 3581623
Decimal Degrees32.35373333, -90.87896667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 21.224', W 90° 52.738'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 21' 13.44" N, 90° 52' 44.28" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)601
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 901 Monroe St, Vicksburg MS 39183, US
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