Gulf Military Park
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Begin your tour in the museum
Artifacts beginning with a Mastadon bone found in this county,
items from the early times of this country such as a one minute
washing machine, sewing machines, clothes from the 1800's. One
half of the museum is dedicated to the Civil War. Artifacts found
in the area as well as artifacts found by individuals that have
been donated to the museum. Once you have enjoyed the museum,
stroll out the back door to the carriage house to see a Civil
War Ambulance. Also out back is the old fire engine, a blacksmith
shop, and the old Grand Gulf Jail. The 1861 Parrott Rifle was
restored and has been enclosed. You will learn about the man that
invented this cannon and how it works. You can either drive or
walk the rest of the park. Walk the aisle of the Sacred Heart
Roman Catholic Church
moved to the park from Rodney, Mississippi. The dog trot house
and water mill
takes you back to the times of old. Travel the road to Fort Wade
and you will see the submarine
used during the early prohibition period to bootleg whiskey. It
was powered by a model T Ford engine.
At Fort Wade the mortar
will take you back so you can imagine it firing from a barge on
the river towards Grand Gulf. This mortar belonged to the Union
and was found on Davis Island when this park began. One Union
mortar forgotten and now enjoyed by our visitors. Excavation of
the Ammunition Magazine began in 1977 by an anthropology professor
and seven students and continued in the 1980's so that our visitors
today can picture the was it was during the Civil War. On top
of the hill is the Spanish House , one of the 2 original buildings
left of the old town of Grand Gulf. The Spanish House was build
in the late 1790's.
Once you have enjoyed this area continue your tour to the
People of the old town of Grand Gulf were buried here as well
as some soldiers. On December 28, 2002, two soldiers were exhumed
and reintered on February 22, 2003. Due to erosion these soldiers'
graves were in danger of being lost forever. Hard work from many
volunteers saved these two soldiers that fought in the U.S. Colored
You could spend hours in this cemetery. The tombstones have personal
notes to make you feel as if you know these people. Up the hill
from the cemetery you can climb the 75 foot Observation Tower
and see the surrounding area including the Mississippi River.
There are two gun emplacements and
the rifle pits. Picture these soldiers in wool uniforms during
the late spring fighting not only the soldiers but the heat, hunger,
lack of sleep, and insects. Once past these gun emplacements you
will see on your right the Boy Scout Area. Local Boy Scouts
built the amphitheater to be used by our tent campers. You will
pass through the two RV campgrounds. The sites
all are concreted and have water, sewer and electric. The small
pavilion is used by many of our camping groups. The bath house
is close by with laundry facilities for the campers.
The pavilion is
used for birthday parties, church groups, camping groups, tour
groups, and many schools. It will hold about 100 people and can
be rented by calling the office. It has a large grill, sink, and
ceiling fans. It sits on top of a hill overlooking a beautiful
field and the fountain made by our staff out of large black pots.
Across the road drive only 1/2 mile to the Mississippi River.
You will see the sign that shows you the
river stage beginning with 1927.If you are lucky a barge will be traveling
upstreem and fascinate you as it turns the barges around the curve
in the river. It will give you a kind of peace like no other place.
Only one mile west is Fort Cobun. Only the earthworks are
left with signs explaining what happened, but it gives you an
idea of how it was as a soldier on top of a high bluff looking
down on the river. At the time of the war, the river was at the
bottom of the of this bluff.
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