Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...

Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...
Stories of my hunting experiences with family, friends or whatever else I want to blog about.

A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter

Article by Fred Messina, editor of "On Target Outdoors" from The Vicksburg Evening Post on Friday, January 19, 1990. Photo by Bob Phillips.

Bob Phillips came up the other day with a photo of his wife Marian and a deer she got on Brown's Point New Years Eve. The deer was an 8-point with 16 inches of inside spread that weighed in at 190 pounds. A nice trophy in anyone's book. However, the tale Bob told is that this was Marian's fourth deer this year and he claimed that he would have done better than he did if he had not spent so much time hauling Marian's deer out of the woods. Come off it, Bob. We all know who the hunter was.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fairground Street Bridge Axed

A month or so ago I went by my old stomping grounds and took pictures of the Fairground Street Bridge because the plans were to move it downtown at the site of the on-going construction of the Lower MS River Museum and Riverfront Interpretive Center.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District, which is spearheading the museum, nixed that part of the $23 million project, citing cost.  About five contractors each quoted $10 million to move it about a mile and a half to town. The contractors felt that it was too brittle to move and there was a lot of uncertainty about that, and really could not afford it.  Now, they are saying it would be cheaper to replicate it.

The bridge is about 200 feet long and 15 feet wide, was built in 1868 in Dubuque, Iowa, as a means for trains to travel.  It was dismantled and erected in Vicksburg in 1895 when there was no more use for it in Iowa.  During that time, the bridge served as a throughway for horses and buggies to travel over the railroad tracks to the river.  It has been closed to traffic for 20 years.

For now the portion of the site where the bridge would have gone will be left open in hopes of filling it with an alternative attraction for now.

The concept of building an interpretive museum began in 1992, when the City of Vicksburg purchased the retired MV Mississippi IV for $1. The title returned to the Corps in 2007. Groundbreaking for the museum came in November 2009 and is scheduled to open August 2012.

Fairground Street Bridge


melvin said...

Hello Marian, this architecture is impressive and testifies of past.
Have a beautiful day.

Marian Love Phillips said...

Thanks Melvin - I think so too! Looks like it is too delicate to move and in time the weather will take its toll. The high cost was removing the lead paint and bringing it up to environmental standards, dismantling and re-fabricating certain pieces and moving the pieces to town. Better off leaving it alone. As they stated, it's cheaper to replicate it. Just have to wait and see what will be done, if anything at the proposed site. Thanks for your visit!

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