I had hoped to be in Arkansas by the middle of Day 4, but by one in the afternoon, I was just getting into Vicksburg. It didn’t help things that Washington Street, the main road from the interstate into downtown, was closed for construction, causing me to make a long and confusing detour. When I finally made it to Vicksburg’s downtown and waterfront, I decided to take just a quick look around, before moving on.
Vicksburg’s downtown is on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. Head downhill a few blocks, and you can drive through an opening in the floodwall…
… for a look at the Horizon Casino steamboat.
Railroad tracks also run along the riverfront, and there’s a great relic from the old rail days here as well: the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad Station.
Back uphill in town, I passed one place where, if I had more time, I would have liked to have stopped. The Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum celebrates an idea that started in Vicksburg: bottled Coca-Cola. Around the turn of the 20th century, the Biedenharns ran a candy company in Vicksburg, and also sold Coke at their soda fountain. The problem was, people had to come to them to enjoy a Coca-Cola — and there were plenty of rural areas where there were no soda fountains. The Biedenharns became the first to bottle Coke, then sell it throughout the area.
[tmt_info =””]Admission to the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum is a reasonable $3 for adults, $2 for children. You can check on current prices and hours here.[/tmt_info]
It’s also hard to miss The Vicksburg, a historic hotel that now also offers apartments and event space.
[tmt_info =””]Leaving Vicksburg, get back on Interstate 20 and head west, across the Mississippi River into Louisiana.[/tmt_info]