Trip Start Jun 01, 2006
Trip End Jul 15, 2006

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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Just finished going through the National Park here which puts the battle of Vicksburg into prospective and makes one understand the horrors of war. It covers sixteen miles of roads with lots of places to stop and read what went on at that spot.

At the end is a very interesting display of an iron clad river boat that was built, along with six others, to secure the Mississippi. However it was hit by a mine in the river and this was the first vessel to be destroyed in that manner. A reb was watching from shore and when the Cairo got close enough to "his" bomb, he touched the two wires together and BOOM, down she went in 36 feet of water. It was raised in 1964... Cairo was 175' long and had a crew of 175 which sure seems like a crowd.. It weighed in at 888 tons!!! 2" thick iron on the sides.. As you can tell, it sort of turned me on..

I ask the gal here at the library which of the many historical homes I should tour so I'm going to check out two and then head to Natchez..

I have to add a couple of Arkansas stories I've neglected to relate... In Hot Springs I stopped at a Sonic drive in to get a burger.. The young gal was full of excite to be a member of the Sonic staff, or so it seemed.. When she brought the food she said, "You try this and if nothin's good, you let me know and I'll fix it!"..

At dinner in Pine Bluff at Leon's catfish house, I over heard the following from the next table.. One guy sort of yelled to another table, " What are you doing for yourself, Ed?".. Ed replied, " Ain't doin' nothin', and most times I don't even get started on that until after ten!!!".... I love it.. DLD
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