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.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The American Queen Is Back!

The American Queen
This morning before 8:00 the paddle wheel steamboat, American Queen, rolled in and docked at our City Front.  She is a 418-foot beauty.  It has been three years since we have heard the sounds of her calliope playing at the foothills of Vicksburg.  The old-time calliope is fitted with 37 gold-plated brass pipes, according to the website

This is her maiden journey since being acquired last year by Great American Steamboat Company of Memphis.

The American Queen left New Orleans Friday and after her stop here, will turn around and head back sometime around 4:00 this afternoon.  I will try and get some pictures as she leaves Vicksburg later today to post tomorrow.  Thursday, the boat will return upriver on its second cruise and stop again in Vicksburg April 23 on its way to its home port of Memphis.

While here, passengers will disembark for day excursions that include time to visit downtown shops and museums, the Outlets of Vicksburg and tours of the Old Court House Museum and Vicksburg National Military Park.

About $5 million was spent to ready the ship for the 2012 season.

Other lower-Mississippi River cruises this year will feature day stops here, and in the summer, Vicksburg will be a featured city for several Civil War-themed cruises that will originate or terminate here.

For more info and American Queen river tour schedules, visit

Grande Caribe

People were boarding the Grande Caribe at the waterfront.  I was surprised to see this boat at the water front.  The Grand Station Casino boat is in the background.

There was two American Queen buses plus another bus that could have been for the Grande Caribe for tourists to make way to their destinations.

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