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Waltersville historical marker unveiled

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Waltersville historical marker. [photo by David Day]

A new historical marker noting Waltersville and its contributions to Warren County’s history was unveiled Friday morning at 1775 North Washington St.

The unveiling at the grassy knoll adjacent to the Texaco was attended by a couple of dozen hearty souls who weathered the already sweltering heat.

The marker reads:

“First known Dayton’s Cowpen, Waltersville is one of Warren County’s oldest settlements. In 1798 a copy of “The Galley Slave” the first printing in the Mississippi Territory, was printed in this area. Named for Sam Walters, who owned a store and saloon, Waltersville was popular with Vicksburg residents for more than a century, as the town featured a race track, baseball and gambling, with a trolley line and regular steamboat excursions. Chartered as a town on August 4, 1904, it soon declined and the charter was revoked in 1910.”

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