Known as the “River of Death,” the Yazoo River was once populated by Quapaws, Choctaws, and others and is still a vital route for commerce and transportation. Today, the Yazoo inhabits the Civil War channel of the Mississippi through downtown Vicksburg, yielding the best possible view of the battlefields. The Yazoo drains the Mississippi Delta and the Mississippi Hill Country. More blues musicians were born and raised along its banks (and tributaries) than probably any other river in the world!
The 1861 ironclad U.S.S. Cairo gunboat was found 2 miles above the King’s Ferry Landing during low water, and was moved to the Military Park where an exhibit displays artifacts and discusses the history. Some 29 sunken boats from the Civil War are known to still be in the Yazoo River.