First visit since 2008 American Queen docking here Tuesday

Published 11:44 pm Saturday, April 14, 2012

For the first time in three years, the sounds of an authentic Mississippi River steamboat calliope will be heard again in Vicksburg Tuesday when the American Queen docks at City Front.

The Queen will arrive at 8 a.m. and dock until 4 p.m. on its maiden journey since being acquired last year by Great American Steamboat Company of Memphis.

The American Queen left New Orleans Friday and, after Tuesday’s stop, will turn around and head back. Thursday, the boat will return upriver on its second cruise and stop again in Vicksburg April 23 on its way to its home port of Memphis.

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While here, passengers will disembark for day excursions that include time to visit downtown shops and museums, the Outlets of Vicksburg and tours of the Old Court House Museum and Vicksburg National Military Park.