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Did you know?
...Coca-Cola was first bottled in Vicksburg in 1894. were first sold in pairs in Vicksburg at Phil Gilbert's Shoe Parlor.
...the U.S.S. Cairo, which is on display at the Vicksburg National Military Park, was the first U.S. marine vessel to be sunk by an electronically detonated mine.
...the Mint Julep is named after Mint Springs in the Vicksburg National Military Park; the first place anyone stuck a sprig of fresh mint into bourbon.
...Vicksburg has the world's longest running melodrama: Gold in the Hills, which has been performed annually since 1936!
...the siege of Vicksburg lasted 47 days.
...Vicksburg has 63 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
...the first female rural mail carrier delivered mail to the area south of Vicksburg.
...the Vicksburg National Cemetery is the second largest national cemetery in the world.
...Waterways Experiment Station is the world's largest hydraulic research laboratory.
...Vicksburg has also been known as Nogales and Walnut Hills, as well as the Gibraltar of the Confederacy, the Key City, and the Hill City.
...The Vicksburg National Military Park is one of the most heavily monumented parks in the world.
...Vicksburg did not celebrate the Fourth of July for the next 100 years following the surrender
of the city on July 4, 1863.
...Jefferson Davis was at his plantation south of Vicksburg when he received news that he was
President of the Confederacy.

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