Mississippi is a southern state that played a key role in the United States Civil War.
It’s home to a wide variety of historical monuments and museums.
The state is also known for its magnolias, catfish, bluegrass music, and southern charm.
Population: 3 million
Nickname: The Magnolia State
Key Cities: Biloxi, Jackson, Hattiesburg, Gulfport
Postal Abbreviation: MS
Major Industries: Agriculture, manufacturing, mining, fishing
How did Mississippi get its name: The name Mississippi was originally given to the Mississippi River by the Chippewa Indians.
In their language, “Mississippi” means “large river.”
The French explorer Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle used the name on his map of the area in 1695.
Date admitted to the Union: Wednesday, December 10, 1817
Size: 48,430 sq. miles
Lowest point: Gulf of Mexico at sea level
Highest point: Woodall Mountain at 806 feet
Famous locations: Biloxi Lighthouse, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Elvis Presley Birthplace, Old Capitol Museum, Vicksburg National Cemetery, Windsor Ruins
Elvis Presley- singer/actor
Oprah Winfrey- talk show host
Britney Spears- singer
Rick Ross- rapper
Jerry Rice- football player
Ray J- singer
Mississippi residents go to church more than people in any other U.S. state.
There are also more churches in Mississippi per capita (for each person) than in any other state in the country.
The nation’s largest Bible-binding plant is located in Greenwood, Mississippi.
If you’ve ever wondered where to find the world’s largest shrimp, it’s in Pascagoula, Mississippi at the Old Spanish Fort Museum.
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A candy shop owner who heard about the event decided to make a stuffed animal that he called “teddy bear.”
63 percent of Mississippi’s land is covered in forest. That’s 19.5 million acres of forest!
Belzoni, Mississippi is considered the catfish capital of the world.
The state of Mississippi contains over 100,000 acres of catfish ponds. 94% of all farm-raised catfish in the United States are raised in Mississippi.
In Jackson County, you can find the Mississippi Sandhill Crane, the rarest crane in North America.
It’s about 44 inches tall and has a wingspan of eight feet!