Bluff Park and North Broadway Street

Bluff Park and North Broadway Street (HM284R)

Location: Natchez, MS 39120 Adams County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 33.775', W 91° 24.322'

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Natchez Trails

The Yazoo and Mississippi Valley
Railroad
built the passenger station on
the bluff shortly after 1910, and the
Illinois Central Railroad was the last
railroad to own it. Like many smal
towns across America, Natchez lost
passenger service as the Automobile
Age reached full maturity. By the end
of World War II, passenger trains no
longer stopped in Natchez. Abandoned
railroad stations have been a primary
focus of "adaptive reuse," a
preservation movement to use old
buildings for purposes other than
those originally intended. This station
became a restaurant in the mid-1970s.About 1890, grocers and cotton factors
Samuel Geisenberger and Joseph
Friedler
built a large warehouse
adjacent to the railroad on Broadway
Street. Both were second generation
Jewish businessmen. Callon Petroleum
Company bought the historic
Geisenberger and Friedler building
added a third story, and renovated
the building to serve as company
headquarters in the mid-1980s.The Natchez Cotton Mill, built in 1872,
sat on the site of the hotel built in 2007
that faces Broadway, and the nearby
Rosalie Cotton Mill soon followed. The
mills reflected local efforts to expand
the region's economy beyond
growing and ginning cotton to
manufacturing cotton. These efforts
also included cotton seed



oil mills. In
1887, a boiler explosion killed five
workers in the Natchez Cotton Mill.
Neither of the downtown cotton mills
exist today, but the small houses built
for workers survive in the area of
Madison, North Wall, and Maple
Streets. The 1907 arrival of the boll
weevil and the Great Depression ended
the city''s efforts to develop cotton
industries.The Natchez Rotary Club installed the fountain in the Bluff Park in 1969 in honor of the club's fiftieth anniversary.
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HM NumberHM284R
Series This marker is part of the series
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Placed ByCity of Natchez
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 651340 N 3493092
Decimal Degrees31.56291667, -91.40536667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 33.775', W 91° 24.322'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 33' 46.5" N, 91° 24' 19.32" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)601, 769
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 N Broadway St, Natchez MS 39120, US
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