• The Mississippi Gulf Coast, from Biloxi to Henderson Point, is the largest and longest man-made beach in the world.
  • The World's only cactus plantation is located in Edwards, with more than 3000 varieties of cacti.
  • Mississippi has more tree farms than any other state. Nearly 60% of Mississippi is covered by forests, and more than 100 species of trees are found in the state.
  • Mississippi has more churches per capita than any other state.
  • Norris Bookbinding Company in Greenwood is the largest Bible rebinding plant in the nation.
  • H. A. Cole in Jackson, MS, developed the cleaning product Pine-Sol. Pine-sol is manufactured ONLY in Pearl, Mississippi.
  • Dr. Tichenor developed and created “Dr. Tichenor's Antiseptic” in Liberty, MS, (not in South Louisiana as commonly believed).
  • Only four cities in the entire world have been sanctioned by the International Theatre/Dance Committee to host the International Ballet Competition: Moscow, Russia; Varna, Bulgaria; Helsinki, Finland; and Jackson, Mississippi.
  • David Harrison of Columbus, Mississippi, owns the patent on the “Soft Toilet Seat.” Over one million are sold every year.
  • The very first football player to be on a WHEATIES cereal box was none other than Walter Peyton of Columbia, Mississippi.
  • The “Teddy Bear” name originated after a bear hunt in Onward, Mississippi, with President Theodore Roosevelt. President Roosevelt refused to shoot a staked out cub bear. The hunt was organized by Holt Collier, an African American bear hunter from the area. News of this spread across the country, and a New York merchant capitalized on this publicity by creating a stuffed bear called “Teddy's Bear”.
  • H. T. Merrill of Iuka, Mississippi, flew the very first round-trip trans-oceanic flight in 1928. The flight to England was made in a plane loaded with ping-pong balls.
  • The birthplace of Elvis Presley in Tupelo, Mississippi, includes a museum, a chapel, and the two-room house in which Elvis was born.
  • The world's first “Holiday Inn” is located in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
  • Blazon-Flexible Flyer, Inc., in West Point, Mississippi, manufactures the best snow sled in the country, the Flexible Flyer.
  • Greenwood, Mississippi is the home of Cotton Row, which is the second largest cotton exchange in the nation and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Emil and Kelly Mitchell, The KING and QUEEN of GYPSIES, are buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Meridian, Mississippi. Since 1915, people from all over the world have left gifts of fruit and juice at their gravesites.
  • The 4-H Club, the youth organization devoted to hands-on learning, was founded in Holmes County in 1907. The four “H's” refer to head, heart, hands and health.
  • The Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg, Mississippi, is the largest research, testing, and development facility of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Friendship Cemetery in Columbus has been called “Where Flowers Healed a Nation”. It was April 25, 1866, and the Civil War had been over for a year when the ladies of Columbus decided to decorate both Confederate and Union soldiers' graves with beautiful bouquets and garlands of flowers. As a direct result of this kind gesture, Americans celebrate what has come to be called Memorial Day each year, an annual observance of recognition of war dead.
  • Shoes, in America, were first sold in “PAIRS” in 1884, at Phil Gilbert's Shoe parlor in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
  • Inventor James D. Byrd of Clinton, Mississippi, holds seven patents and developed the plastic used as a heat shield by NASA.
  • Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi, was the first state college for women in the country, established in 1884.
  • Every commercial airliner has at least one hydralic component that is manufactured in Jackson, Mississippi.
  • The McCoy Federal Building in Jackson, Mississippi, is the first federal building in the United States to be named for a black man; Dr. A. H. McCoy, a dentist and business leader.
  • Hat maker, John B. Stetson learned and practiced the art of hat making in Dunn's Falls, Mississippi.
  • The oldest field game in America is STICKBALL, played by the Choctaw Indians of Mississippi. Demonstrations can be seen every July at the Choctaw Indian Fair in Philadelphia, Mississippi.
  • The International Checkers Hall-of-Fame is in Pelahatchie, Mississippi.
  • Natchez, Mississippi was settled by the French in 1716, and is the oldest permanent settlement on the Mississippi River.
  • Natchez once had 500 millionaires, more than any other city, except New York City.
  • Natchez has more than 500 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Alcorn State University, in Lorman, Mississippi, is the oldest black land grant college in the world.
  • Captain Isaac Ross, whose plantation was in Lorman, freed his slaves in 1834, and arranged for their passage to the West Coast of Africa; where they founded the country of Liberia. Representatives of Liberia visited Lorman and placed a stone at the Captain's gravesite in honor of his kindness.
  • Oliver Pollock was the largest individual financial contributor to the American Revolution. He invented the Dollar Sign ($). He is buried near Pickneyville, Mississippi.
  • Resin Bowie, the inventor of the famous Bowie Knife, is buried in Port Gibson, Mississippi.
  • Liberty, Mississippi was the first town in the country to erect a Confederate monument, in 1871.
  • The Pass Christian Yacht Club is the second oldest yacht club in North America, founded in 1849.
  • The Mississsippi Legislature passed one of the first laws in 1839, to protect the property rights of married women.
  • The Natchez Trace Parkway, named an "All American Road" by the federal government, extends from Natchez, Mississippi to just south of Nashville, Tennessee. The Trace began as an Indian trail more than 8,000 years ago.
  • The Mississippi Delta, (Greenville), is the birthplace of the blues, which preceeded the birth of jazz, the only other original American art form.
  • The Blues Archive at the University of Mississippi in Oxford contains one of the world's largest collections of blues music.
  • The Vicksburg National Cemetery is the second-largest National Cemetery in the country. Arlington National Cemetary is the largest.
  • D'lo, Mississippi was featured in LIFE magazine for sending proportionally more men to serve in World War II, than ANY OTHER town of its size; 38% of the men who lived in or about D'lo, Mississippi.
  • In 1894, Coca-cola was first bottled by Joseph A. Biedenharn in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
  • Mississippi was the first state to outlaw imprisonment of debtors.
  • Belzoni, Mississippi ...IS... the “Catfish Capital of The World”. Approximately 70% of the nation's farm-raised catfish comes from Mississippi.
  • Fred Montalvo, from Edwards, Mississippi, owns the company that makes “ICEE” drinks.
  • Peavy Electronics, in Meridian, is the world's largest manufacturer of musical amplification equipment.
  • Proportionally more Mississippians were killed during the Civil War than from ANY OTHER Confederate state.
  • Serving during reconstruction, Hirian [Hiran] Revels was Mississipi's first black U. S. Senator.
  • The first (PTA) Parent-Teachers Association was formed in Crystal Springs, Mississippi.
  • 1929 - Guy Bush of Tupelo was one of the most valuable players with the Chicago Cubs. He was on the 1929 World Series team and Babe Ruth hit his last home run off a ball pitched by Bush.
  • 1963 - University of Mississippi Medical Center accomplished the world's first human lung transplant and, on January 23, 1964, Dr. James D. Hardy performed the world's first heart transplant surgery there.
  • 1898 - Root beer was invented in Biloxi by Edward Adolf Barq, Sr.
  • Vardaman is called the Sweet Potato Capital of the World.
  • Borden's Condensed Milk was first canned in Liberty.
  • Mississippi is the birthplace of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Mississippi is named for the Mississippi river which forms its western boundary and empties into the 
Gulf of Mexico.
The name roughly translated from Native American folklore means “Father of Waters.”
The translation comes from the Chippewa words “mici zibi” meaning “great river” or “ gathering
in of all the waters” and the Algonquin word “Messipi”.

Mississippi is the birthplace of America's music. Blues, country, rock 'n roll - they all started right here. From blues legends Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and B.B. King to the king of rock 'n roll, Elvis Presley, to the father of country music, Jimmie Rodgers - the only place you'll find the history, heritage, legends and folklore that surrounds the sounds of America's music is Mississippi.

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