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Mississippi

Mississippi State Map - EVSP

History: Mississippi became a state on December 10, 1817. It was the 20th state to join the United States.

In 1902 while on a hunting expedition in Sharkey County, President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt refused to shoot a captured bear. This act resulted in the creation of the world-famous teddy bear.

Famous People from Mississippi: Britney Spears, Oprah Winfrey, B.B King, Elvis Presley, LeAnn Rimes (see http://www.biography.com/people/groups/born-in-mississippi for a more comprehensive list)

  • State Capital: Jackson, Mississippi
  • State Nickname (Official): “The Magnolia State”
    There is an abundance of magnolia flowers and trees in the state.
  • Largest Cities (Population): Jackson, Gulfport, Southaven, Hattiesburg, Biloxi
  • Average Climate: 35-92°F (average low in winter to average high in summer)
  • Regional Foods: Mississippi mud pie, corn bread, pecan pie, cajun fried pecans, crawfish, deer meat (see http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/mississippi/mississippi-food/)

GOVERNMENT OFFICES / RESOURCES

TRAVEL, CONVENTION, AND VISITORS BUREAUS

Comprehensive Visitors Guide: http://www.visitmississippi.org/

HISTORIC SITES

  • Champion Hill Battlefield (Hinds, MS)
    A turning point of the civil war took place on this battlefield
  • Beauvoir (Harrison, MS)
    Post-war home and library of Confederate president Jefferson Davis
  • Anna Site (Adams, MS)
    A Plaquemine (native) culture archaeological site
  • Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum (Tupelo, MS)
    The birthplace of the American Icon/performer Elvis Presley
  • Rosalie Mansion (Natchez, MS)
    Home of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a unique collection of children&lsquos dolls and toys made from cloth and porcelain

Comprehensive listing of historic sites in Mississippi is available at https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g28945-Activities-c47-t17-Mississippi.html

PARKS / RECREATION

THEATERS, MUSEUMS, AND LIBRARIES

SPORTING EVENTS / VENUES

Major College Athletic Programs in Mississippi include:

Minor / Major League Sports

Minor league sports teams in Mississippi include: