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Vicksburg, Mississippi: Fake Ironclad on a Hill

Unique, custom-built, theme architecture for the Vicksburg Battlefield Museum. Property reported for sale or lease in 2014; used as church in 2019.

4139 N. Frontage Rd, Vicksburg, MS
East edge of the city. I-20 exit 4B (Clay St.). East to N. Frontage Rd.
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Fake Ironclad on a Hill

The Fake Ironclad building is now used as a church. [Mary LeJune, 10/30/2019]

Ironclad for sale or lease.

Fake Ironclad on a Hill

Now closed. For sale or lease.

[Jerome Acks, 04/07/2014]

You would think that would be a hot property that might go fast. If only we lived in Vicksburg!

Ironclad-shaped museum.

Fake Ironclad - Vicksburg Battlefield Museum

A rather strange sight when you first arrive at Vicksburg from the westbound I-20 freeway is this large ironclad sort-of replica up on a hill and looking like some sort of early steam era ark. Close (or even far) inspection reveals that the thing is made out of railroad ties and aluminum siding with off-the-shelf pipes masquerading as cannons and smoke stacks. This is used as a visitor center/gift shop, although not run by the state, whose visitor center is just up the road overlooking the Mississippi. Not far away you can check out a real ironclad, the USS Cairo at the National Military Park, which was brought up and partially restored in the 1960's. You can can walk onboard, check out the ancient machinery, and even see the giant hole blown in the ships hull that caused her to sink.

[Richard Weiss, 05/02/2005]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Vicksburg National Military ParkVicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, MS - < 1 mi.
Abe and Jeff: Presidents and EqualsAbe and Jeff: Presidents and Equals, Vicksburg, MS - 1 mi.
Grave of the Confederate CamelGrave of the Confederate Camel, Vicksburg, MS - 2 mi.
In the region:
Chainsaw Teddy Roosevelt Bears, Rolling Fork, MS - 39 mi.

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