Updated September 2017

MISSISSIPPI FROM A-Z


Virtute et armis – By valor and arms

Information about Mississippi for each letter of the alphabet.
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A IS FOR AGRICULTURE, AMISH, & ARCHAEOLOGY Picture of Agriculture 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.

Picture of Amish Farm 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.

Picture of Archaeology tools 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

C IS CAPITAL, COMMUNICATION, & COUNTIES D IS FOR DAMS & DINOSAURS E IS FOR EARTHQUAKES, EDUCATION, & EVENTS F IS FOR FISH, FLAG, FOOD, & FORTS G IS FOR GEOLOGY, GHOST TOWNS, & GLOBAL POSITION H IS FOR HISTORIC SITES & HISTORY I IS FOR INDUSTRIES, INSECTS, & ISLANDS J IS FOR JAZZ & JUDICIAL K IS FOR KARST & KID L IS FOR LAKES, LIBRARIES, & LIGHTHOUSES M IS FOR MILITARY, MOUNTAINS, & MUSEUMS N IS FOR NAME & NATIVE AMERICANS O IS FOR OBSERVATORIES P IS FOR PARKS & PEOPLE Q IS FOR QUARTER, QUILTING, & QUIZ R IS FOR REGIONS, REPTILES, RIVERS, & RODEOS S IS FOR SEA LIFE & SPORTS T IS FOR TARTAN, TRAILS, TRANSPORTATION, & TREES Picture of Trail Mississippi has a variety of TRAILS including hiking, walking, biking, and rail. There are also Horse Trails. The Natchez Trace Parkway is an All-American Road that commemorates the historic Old Natchez Trace and preserves sections of the original trail. The Tishomingo State Park Hiking Trails are consider the best trail in the state. The state participates in National Trails Day. The state has several scenic drives and Roadside Attractions.

Picture of Extending Ladder Truck 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. Picture of tree 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

V IS FOR VEGETATION & VOLCANOES W IS FOR WATERFALLS, WEATHER & WILDLIFE X IS FOR XMAS Y IS FOR YMCA & YOUTH HOSTELS Z IS FOR ZIPCODES, ZONES, AND ZOOS

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