State of Mississippi

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Mississippi State Facts

  • List of Counties

  • List of Towns

  • Points of Interest

  • Capital: Jackson

  • Largest city: Jackson

  • Highest point: Woodall Mountain, 807 ft (246.0 m)

  • Lowest point: Gulf of Mexico, sea level

  • Admission to Union: December 10, 1817 (20th)

Mississippi state seal

Mississippi State Information

The people of the U.S. state of Mississippi voted to adopt the "In God We Trust" flag as the official state flag of Mississippi in a referendum on November 3, 2020. It will become the official state flag once officially enacted into law. The flag replaces the previous version which was retired on June 30, 2020. Once officially adopted, Mississippi will have had three official state flags in its history. (Source: Wikipedia)

Gambling towns in Mississippi have attracted increased tourism: they include the Gulf Coast resort towns of Bay St. Louis, Gulfport and Biloxi, and the Mississippi River towns of Tunica

The Vicksburg Bridge carries I-20 and US 80 across the Mississippi River at Vicksburg.

The Magnolia Independent Film Festival, still held annually in Starkville, is the first and oldest in the state

​The name “Mississippi” comes from the Ojibwa (Chippewa) Indian word meaning “great river or gathering of waters”.​​

In 1894, Coca-Cola was first bottled by Joseph A. Biedenharn in Vicksburg

A man may not seduce a woman by lying, and claiming he will marry her.

It is illegal to teach others what pologmy is.

The state is ranked 50th or last place among all the states for health care, according to the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit foundation working to advance performance of the health care system

Mississippi Points of Interest

Mississippi Points of Interest

Points of Interest of Mississippi, Things To Do, Places To Go, People To Meet

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The state of Mississippi is located in the Southern region of the United States, and the state name comes from the Mississippi River which runs along the states western boundary. The capital of the state is Jackson and it is also the states largest city. The state is the 32nd ranked most extensive state in the country with a total land area of 48,430 square miles and is the 31st ranked most populated state in the country with a population of 2.98 million as of 2011. Mississippi is a heavily forested state on the outside of the Mississippi Delta region which was cleared for the cultivation of cotton during the 19th century.

Mississippi is bordered on its north by Tennessee, on its east by Alabama, on its south by Louisiana as well as a narrow portion of the Gulf of Mexico on its west on the other side of the river by Arkansas and Louisiana. The state is mainly composed of lowlands with the mean elevation on the entire state only 300 feet above seal level. The climate in the state is considered a humid subtropical climate which basically consists of long summers paired with short and mild winters. The state is very heavily forested with more than 50% of the entire land area of the state consisting of wild trees such as pine, cottonwood, tupelo, oak, pecan, hickory, elm, and sweetgum trees.

Mississippi has several popular bodies of water including the Mississippi River, Pearl River, Yazoo River, Big Black River, Arkabutla Lake, Grenada Lake, Sardis Lake, and Ross Barnett Reservoir. The highest point of elevation in the entire state is Woodall Mountain and sits only 806 feet above sea level. The state bird of Mississippi is the Mockingbird, the state fish is the Largemouth Bass, the state flower is the Magnolia, and the state tree is the Magnolia tree. Mississippi offers many great outdoor opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts alike from hiking to camping to fishing and much more. Due to the scenic outdoor nature of the state it remains a top location for people who like to enjoy the outdoors and engage in these outdoor activities.

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".

Tallahatchie Bridge - The bridge mentioned in this song collapsed in June 1972.It crossed the Tallahatchie River at Money, about ten miles north of Greenwood, Mississippi, and has since been replaced. Source: Wikipedia