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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Riverboat moved to site of planned Mississippi River Museum and Interpretive Center in Vicksburg

If you weren't expecting it, you were in for a double or triple take if in the Vicksburg, Mississippi area yesterday. A huge riverboat, the MV Mississippi, was moved along a side street to it's new home at the future site of the Mississippi River Museum and Interpretive Center.
MV MississippiCorp of Engineers riverboat becomes part of planned Interpretive Center at Vicksburg

Formerly a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' riverboat, rows of specialized minature wheels were used to manuever it to the new location.
Corp of Engineer riverboat being moved to museum at Vicksburg
Decked out in fresh paint, with flags and banners for the short trip, the 218-foot riverboat will be a main attraction at the Interpretive Center. The Mississippi River Museum and Interpretive Center will highlight the history of the Corp of Engineer's efforts at controlling the mighty Mississippi.
Site near the planned Mississippi River Museum and Interpretive Center
The grand opening of the Interpretive Center is planned within 2-3 years as more federal funds become available for the project.
Here are two articles that detail the project: Center1 Center 2 that have appeared in the local Vicksburg newspaper.

Given the size of the riverboat, it will be a dramatic addition to the landscape of Vicksburg, in contrast to the citys' casinos, National Park, and rich Civil War history.

We always enjoy our trips to Vicksburg. For a step back in time, read about a visit to the Old Court House Museum.

Posted by Carl Burnham at 3:29 PM
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