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A IS FOR AGRICULTURE, AMISH, & ARCHAEOLOGY The Mississippi State Department of AGRICULTURE promotes the economic growth and development of agriculture in the state. The State Soil is Natches Silt Loam. Livestock and crops provide about half of the farm income in the state. Broiler chickens and soybeans are the most valuable agricultural products. Cotton is grown in the northwest part of the state, and the northeast part grows the majority of the cotton. Cattle farms are common in all parts of Mississippi except the Mississippi Delta. The state ranks 4th nationally in the production of rice and 5th in the poultry and poultry products. Fish farming is also an important part of agricultural in the state. Agriculture in the Classroom has information for teachers and students.
The AMISH way of life largely revolves around working and socializing together as a family and community. There is an Amish community outside of Pontotoc. Many of the homes in the community have a sign out front to let people know what they have to sell.
Mississippi has many ARCHAEOLOGYsites. The state celebrates Archaeology Month in October, and there are several archaeology and paleontology events. The Indian Mounds of Mississippi is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Grand Village of the Natchez is a National Historic Landmark. B IS FOR BEACHES, BIRDS, & BRIDGES
Mississippi has over 300 species of BIRDS. Bird watching is popular and there are many Birding Hotspots and Birding Trails. The Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail has designated birding hotspots. The state has several Bird Clubs and 2 Birding Festivals. The State Bird is the Mockingbird. The State Waterfowl is the Wood duck.
Mississipi has many BRIDGES including footbridges and covered bridges. A New bridge is being built over the Mississippi River at Greenville. Many bridges are on the list of National Historic Places in the state.
Mississippi has all forms of COMMUNICATION including newspapers, magazine, radio, and television. The state has several telephone Area Codes, and Internet Service Providers. Webcams are located throughout the state.
Mississippi has 82 counties The term "county" is used in 48 of the 50 states for the level of government below the state government. Alcorn is the smallest county in the state by size and Yazoo is the largest. Hinds has the largest population and Issaquena has the smallest.
There is evidence that DINOSAURS roamed what is now Mississippi. The Mississippi Museium of Natural Science has robotic dinosaurs. Outside the town of Egremont there are several large metal dinosaur sculptures. A variety fossils have been found in the state. Coon Creek is one of the top 12 fossils sites in the country. The State Fossil is the prehistoric whale.
Mississippi provides free public EDUCATION is provided for children. School attendance is required from age 6 to 17. Schoolbug and Great Schools provide information about public schools in the state. Mississippi has many private schools and Homeschooling is becoming popular.
EVENTS and Festivals are held in Mississippi throughout the year. The state celebrates public holidays and other special days. The Fairgrounds Complex in Jackson hosts more than 700-event days per year including the State Fair. The state has many County Fairs.
The state FLAG of Mississippi is currently the only United States state flag that incorporates the Battle Flag of the Confederacy. Some Municipalities and Counties have their own flag. The State Seal was adopted in 1798 with Mississippi was a territory. The State Slogan is "Feels Like Coming Home". The State Toy is the Teddy Bear.
The FOOD in Mississippi varied with the aspects of it history. When Europeans first began to arrive in North America in about 1500, Native Americans in the were acquiring most of their food through agriculture, supplemented by hunting and gathering wild foods. The first explorers learned to eat the same food as the Indians. Around 1700, the settlers found they could obtain fish and chickens from the Indians and learned to use native ingredients in their cooking. New Orleans remains the bastion of French-cooking in the country. Food was presented in great splendor on plantations in Mississippi. The state has many special foods Mississippi has Food Festivals, Events, and Shows. Root Beer was first bottle in Mississippi and March 26 is celebrated as "Barq's Day". Mississippi has several edible State Food. The state beverage is milk. The State cookie is Butter Cookies. The state has Soup Kitchens, Food Pantries, and Food Banks.
FORTS. A replica of Fort Maurepas had been built but was badly damaged by hurricane Katrina. Fort Rosalie is part of the Natchez Hitorical National Park. Visitors can take a ferry to visit Fort Massachusetts.
Mississippi has GHOST TOWNS. The town of Banksteon has an old store and the cemetery. Electric Mills has a small lumber mill still in operation and a couple of houses that are still occupied. Street grid still remains with street signs. A few people still live in Holmesville. Foundations and an old pier can be found in Napoleon an old logging town. Plymouth is on National Register of Historic Places. Rodney has 2 churches and 3 buildings. Woolworth has an old general store and blacksmith shop. Mississippi claims to have many Haunted Places.
The GLOBAL POSTION of Mississippi is approximately 32 degrees latitude north and 90 longitude west. The geographic center is Leake County. The topography of the state ranges from sea level to about 1,200 feet. The highest point is Woodall Mountain and the lowest point is the Gulf Coast. Geocaching is a high-tech sport using a Global Positioning System and the state has many Geocaches.
The HISTORY of people living in what is now Mississippi dates back 10,000 years. In 1540 Hernando De Soto became the first European to arrive. In 1673 Father Jacques Marquett began exploration of the Mississippi River. French fur trading began in the 1700s. As part of New France, Mississippi was alternately ruled by Spanish and British. In 1783 the Mississippi area was deeded by Great Britain to the United States after the American Revolution under the terms of the Treaty of Paris. The section of West Florida between the Pearl and Perdido rivers was annexed to Mississippi Territory in 1812. On Dec. 10, 1817, the western portion of Mississippi Territory became the State of Mississippi. Mississippi seceded from the Union on Jan. 9, 1861 and many battles of the Civil War were fought in the state. The state participates in National History Day.
Mississippi has a variety of INSECTS including a variety of butterflies and moths. The State Butterfly is the Spicebush Swallowtail. The State Insect is the Honeybee. The Mississippi State University has an Entomological Museum
Mississippi has many ISLANDS in the Gulf, in rivers, and in lakes. Some of the islands are listed in the Island Award Program for having a ham radio operator. Gulf Islands is a National Seashore. There are 5 Barrier Islands off the coast of the state. Ship Island is the collective name for 2 barrier islands - East Ship Island and West Ship Island. In 1969 Hurricane Camille split the once single island into 2 separate islands.
The JUDICIAL System is the system of courts that interprets and applies the law in the name of the state. The Mississippi Judicial System is made up of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Circuit Courts, Chancery Courts, County Courts, Justice Courts, Drug Courts, and Youth Courts.
Many aspects of life in Mississippi focus on KIDS. KidsKonnect has resources for kids by grade level. Fun For Kids has information about special places in the state that kids enjoy. NOAA has a special page for kids. The U.S. Mint has a special Kids Page.
Mississippi has academic, public, school, and special LIBRARIES . The State Library is located in the Gartin Justice Building in the State Capital - Jackson. Mississippi has a Poet Laureate and participates in National Poetry Month/
Mississippi has a number of LIGHTHOUSES. The lighthouse on Ship Island was the first in the state. The Biloxi Lighthouse is one of the most famous landmarks on the gulf coast of the state. A lighthouse is an important aspect to the mariner.
Mississippi has a variety of MUSEUMS. The home of Elvis Presley, Graceland was opened in 1982 as a museum. The Jim Henson Delta Boyhood Exhibit features Kermit the Frog. The Yesterday's Children Antique Doll and toy Museum has dolls dating back to 1843.
What is now the state of Mississippi was first inhabited by NATIVE AMERICANS. Today there is 1 Federally Recognized Native American Tribe in the state - the Choctaw. The state has several Indian Casinos. The oldest game in the country is Stickball and was played by Native Americans. There is a World Series Stickball Competition at the Choctaw Indian Fair.
Mississippi has a variety of REPTILES and amphibians including several species of frogs and toads, several species of turtles, and several species of snakes including some venomous snakes. The State Reptile is the American Alligator. Mississippi is part of the Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation organization that is devoted to the preservation of amphibian and reptile populations in the southeastern United States,
Mississippi has many RIVERS and creeks. It is bordered on the west by the Mississippi River - the largest river system in North America. All rivers in Mississippi eventually flow into the Gulf of Mexico. The state has nearly 200 canals. The Missississippi River Delta is one of the largest deltas in the world.
Two cowboys, Earl and Weldon Bascom, made Columbia the historic “Home of Mississippi RODEO.” Known as the “Founding Fathers of Mississippi Rodeo,” the Bascom brothers pioneered the sport producing the 1st rodeo in Marion County in 1935. This rodeo was held at Columbia’s City Park and is now known in rodeo history as the world’s first outdoor night rodeo held under electric lights. In 1936, Earl Bascom designed and supervised the construction of the first permanent rodeo arena in Columbia. He has been called the “Father of Modern Rodeo". To this day, rodeo remains a popular sport in Columbia and Marion County. The state has several Rodeos throughout the year.
Mississippi has high school, college, league, and professional SPORTS teams. The state has over a dozen stadiums. Many sports related people have called Mississippi home. The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is in Jackson.
Mississippi has all forms of TRANSPORTATION and an an Adopt-a-Highway Program. The Department of Transportation maintains and improves the highway, rail, maritime, public transportation, and aviation infrastructure in the state. Special License Plates Designs are available. The Federal Highway Administration provides information about traffic and road closures in the state. To celebrate its 50th birthday in 2002, Matchbox cars issued a vehicle for each state. The vehicle for Mississippi was the Extending Ladder Fire Truck. Mississippi has many species of TREES. The state is part of the Tree Farm Program. The Mississippi Forestry Commission maintains the Champion Tree Program. The state has several Champion Trees and some are on the National Register of Big Trees. The state tree is the Southern Magnolia. The largest cottonwood tree plantation in the world is in Issaquena County. U IS FOR UNIVERSITIES & USS MISSISSIPPI
Several Ships have been named USS Mississippi either for the state or the river. The 1st USS Mississippi (1841) was a side-wheeled steamer commissioned in 1841. The 2nd USS Mississippi BB-23 was the lead ship of her class of battleships. The 3rd USS Mississippi (BB-41) was a New Mexico-class battleship and served extensively in the Pacific in World War II, for which she earned 8 battle stars. After the war, her 2 sisters were quickly decommissioned and scrapped, but Mississippi continued to serve another decade as a weapons testing ship (AG-128). The MV Mississippi refers to several United States Army Corps of Engineers towboats and the CSS Mississippi refers to a projected ironclad of the Confederate States Navy
There is evidence that at one time Mississippi had active VOLCANOS. The Jackson Volcano is an extinct volcano located nearly 3,000 feet beneath the city of Jackson under the Mississippi Coliseum. It is the only volcano located directly below a capital city in the United States. The volcano was discovered in 1819. Another volcano is buried beneath the small town of Midnight in Humphreys County. It’s known as the Midnight Volcano.
The WEATHER in Mississippi is subtropical with long, hot, humid summers and short, temperate winters. There is plentiful rainfall and even a chance of snow in the winter. Weather Underground has current weather and forecasts. NOAA also provides information about the weather in the state. The state is subject to hurricanes. The states diverse coastal and inland ecosystems face a serious threat from global warming.
Mississippi has a variety of wildlife. Some of the animals are endangered. As many as 100 black bears inhabit the state, and the American alligator is native to the wetlands. Mississippi has 2 State Mammals - The Red Fox and the White-tailed Deer. The state has several Wildlife Refuges and a Wildlife Action Plan. The Mississippi Wildlife Federation works to conserve natural resources and protect wildlife in the Mississippi.
Mississippi has several ZOOS. The Hattiesburg Zoo is located in Kamper Park and has an African section and a South America Section. The Jackson Zoological Park has educational programs and special events. Tuppelo Buffalo Park has exotic animals and a petting zoo.