What really concerns me is the former Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR Station that is being renovated and there's no flood wall behind it. This morning as we drove down the hill, facing the Yazoo Diversion Canal, I took this picture. At the bottom of the hill to the right, a new flood wall is being built, closing off the street in front of the building. It's probably being constructed to save the riverfront murals. I would think the depot is in jeopardy big time!
According to Wikipedia, the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR was incorporated in 1882 and was part of the Illinois Central Railroad system (IC). Construction began in Jackson, MS, and continued to Yazoo City, MS. The line was later expanded through the MS Delta and on to Memphis, TN. In 1982, the IC bought the Memphis-New Orleans Louisville, New Orleans and TX Railway and they later purchased the MS & TN Railroad. These lines were merged into the Y&MV.
Between 1945 and 1946 the IC began to absorb its subsidiaries and the Yazoo and MS Valley RR ceased to operate as an independent railroad.
I have a love of trains because my Grandfather, James E. Love, was a telegraph operator for the IC RR for 50 years. He was originally from New Orleans and came to Vicksburg when my Dad was 9 years old. We would get passes when I was young and ride the trains! What great memories! I would really hate to see this historical building take on water.
Entrance - Floodgate
Looking toward Horizon Casino and the Exit from the waterfront.
Exit from the waterfront closed. The Horizon Casino boat is in a cofferdam.