|Old Court House Museum|
Our stop at Vicksburg is at the Ameristar Casino RV Park, conveniently located near I-20. It is just down the street from the Ameristar Casino, and has free shuttle service. Neither Roger nor I are tempted by gambling, so we have not checked out any of the local casinos, but for around $23 a night it can't be beat. (We would have paid more for 50 amp electric, but with the cool weather, we knew we wouldn't need our air conditioners).
We didn't gamble or visit the Vicksburg National Military Park. What we DID do was drive downtown to check out old town Vicksburg. It reminded us a little bit of Natchez -- built high on a bluff overlooking the river.
Our first stop was the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum.
|One of many exhibits, which were arranged chronologically|
|Vintage Coke Bottles|
|Old Marble Soda Fountain|
From there, we walked down the hill to the Catfish Row Children's Art Park,
And beyond that to view the Vicksburg Riverfront mural display on the flood wall down by the river.
I took the following photo just to remind myself of the mural topic, but it describes it better than I could, so I'll just include it:
|Scene depicts downtown Vicksburg "back in the day"|
Did you know that ferries were once used to transport trains??? I was astonished to look at and read this one:
We had heard of the Sultana before, but did not realize its tragic history:
All I can add to that is wow, tragedy caused by greed, pure and simple.
We walked past the Depot Museum...
...then up the hill back to the main part of town...
No trip to the deep south would be complete without viewing some antebellum homes, so that's what we did next...
Most of these mansions are now bed and breakfasts. To learn more about them, click on the link under each photo.
Our Coke floats had worn off by this time, so we drove south on Highway 61 to The Tomato Place (click on link for Trip Advisor review). It's a funky, eclectic little place featuring fresh-baked breads, smoothies, and flavorful tomatoes -- an anomaly in this day and age.
One of their signature sandwiches was a BLT -- my favorite -- so that's what I had, on fresh-baked whole-wheat bread. I could even taste the tomato!
Roger ordered the BLT po-boy, also on a fresh-baked roll.
We left with some coffee beans, homemade jam, and a container of frozen prepared red beans to enjoy some evening. Oh, and a loaf of fresh-baked whole wheat bread.
What a fun, quirky lunch stop!
We enjoyed our day in Vicksburg and decided to spend one more night before crossing northern Louisiana into Texas. Roger spoke with his brother on the phone, who used to travel to Vicksburg on business. He told us we must have catfish before we leave, so another meal out was planned.
The next day, we pretty much just hung out in the motor home. (Roger watched football and I did some Ancestry.com.) After looking into the local dining options, Roger found the place for catfish in Vicksburg was Rowdy's Family Restaurant. We were not disappointed...
Thin-fried catfish, black-eyed peas, turnip greens, cornbread and hush puppies. I had never had southern black-eyed peas before, or turnip greens, so I figured this was the place to do it. Yum!
|I'm such a good boy!|
The pet picture of the day is a somewhat grainy shot taken through the car windshield and the motor home windshield as we arrived home from our catfish dinner. We never know which of our pals will be watching and waiting for us -- this time it was Bandido.