49 Facts About Mississippi State You Need to Know Story

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Introduction

49 Facts About Mississippi State You Need to Know Story

Most people don't know many facts about Mississippi state. However, it's one of the most...

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Fun Facts About Mississippi

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It was the 20th state

To start out this list of facts for Mississippi, did you know that it was...

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The first human heart transplant happened here

Heart transplants are one of the most important advances in medicine. Thanks to this complicated...

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The state brought us Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is one of the most influential people in the United States. Starting as...

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Doctors performed the first human lung transplant

Dr. Hardy isn't only credited as being the first doctor to attempt to perform a...

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Root beer was created in Biloxi

Though the first examples of root beer date back to the 1870s as a drink...

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Look for the white-tailed deer

The Mississippi state animal may not be exclusive to the state, but that doesn't make...

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It's called the "Magnolia State"

If you're curious about interesting Mississippi facts, you should learn the state's nickname. You'll see...

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It saw the five deadliest tornadoes

Mississippi is part of Tornado Alley. Thanks to its position that allows cold and warm...

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Thank Mississippi for the teddy bear

It's nearly impossible to find a household today that doesn't have at least one teddy...

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A Mississippian invented the soft toilet seat cover

Since the invention of the first modern toilet models in 1770, it's become a normal...

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The University of Mississippi Medical Center saves lives

The University of Mississippi Medical Center has been the site of many medical advancements. You've...

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Jim Henson grew up in Mississippi

If you're a fan of the muppets, you're no doubt a fan of Jim Henson...

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It's the 35th state by population

One of the most interesting Mississippi facts and information is that it's the 35th state...

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It's home to the Mississippi River

The mighty Mississippi is the second-largest river in the United States. It starts in Minnesota...

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The International Ballet Competition is in Jackson

You may associate cities like New York or Los Angeles with ballet in the United...

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You can see where Elvis Presley was born

Casual Elvis fans flock to Graceland in Tennessee where the king of rock and roll...

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Mississippi State University has a space grant

Mississippi State University is a top choice for many students from the state and from...

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It's considered the Deep South

If you live in the northern part of the US, you might think the entire...

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The Mississippi State Fair is huge

One of the most fun facts about Mississippi revolves around its state fair. Every October...

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Jackson is the capital

You can't say you're an expert on Mississippi without knowing the state capital! The heart...

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Interesting Facts About Mississippi

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Listen for the mockingbird

Since 1944, the mockingbird was voted as the Mississippi state bird. The mockingbird is also...

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The Mississippi Delta is unique

The northwestern part of the state is one of the most unique in the country...

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It was the first state to grow cotton

Though cotton became a large part of agriculture all over the South, Mississippi was the...

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Hurricane Katrina destroyed parts of the state

Hurricane Katrina was one of the most devastating natural disasters to hit the American South...

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There are three groups of Native Americans

Facts about Mississippi's history don't just start when settlers came to the state. Before the...

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There have been three flags

It's not uncommon for a state flag to undergo changes throughout its history. The Mississippi...

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The John C. Stennis Space Center tests rockets

Hancock, Mississippi, is home to one of the most important NASA centers. The John C...

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Andrew Jackson was popular

Though Andrew Jackson was born in the Carolinas, he perhaps was more popular in Mississippi...

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There are two geographic regions

Culturally, Mississippi can be divided into six different regions. While these regions have some distinct...

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Blues music began in Mississippi

No one knows the exact date when blues music began, but it's theorized that it...

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Cool Facts About Mississippi

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The state motto is in French

One of the most interesting facts about Mississippi is that its state motto is in...

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Farming and fishing are big deals

Agriculture has remained Mississippi's largest revenue stream. The farming industry employs over 17% of the...

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The name means "large river"

Mississippi gets its name from the Mississippi River, which was a major water source for...

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There's a place with an elevation of 0 feet

Though the average elevation in Mississippi is 300 feet, the variation within the state is...

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Britney Spears was born in Mississippi

Britney Spears has been one of the most famous pop stars since the 1990s. She's...

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Weird Facts About Mississippi

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It has many churches

If you visit Mississippi, be prepared to see a lot of churches. There are over...

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After farmland, most of the state is forest

Mississippi isn't typically thought of as a forest state. That's largely due to its vast...

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It has the catfish capital

With just 2,200 citizens, Belzoni is a small town on the banks of the Yazoo...

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You can find the rarest crane on the continent

The Mississippi sandhill crane was once on the brink of extinction. Its habitat was being...

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Historical Facts About Mississippi

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Natchez is named after its first residents

Today, Natchez typically refers to the small town in Mississippi. Since the town was once...

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Mississippi split the Confederacy in the Civil War

Like every other Southern state, Mississippi was the site of many battles during the Civil...

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The Civil Rights Movement was long

You can't study Mississippi facts and history without noticing the state's contributions to the Civil...

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People have lived here for over 12,000 years

The presence of people with European heritage in Mississippi only dates back a few hundred...

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The first settlers were French

If you've looked up Mississippi history, you've likely learned that the first European in the...

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Important Facts About Mississippi

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It was the second state to secede

The Civil War was a dark time for the United States of America. However, the...

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The first women's university was here

Columbus, Mississippi, has been the home to many educational firsts, not just in the state...

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Mississippi is the poorest state

Unfortunately, though agriculture is a huge part of Mississippi's economy, it isn't always a profitable...

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There's an official state beverage

No list of interesting Mississippi facts would be complete without mentioning the state's official beverage...

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The first public school in the state is still open

Before 1821, Mississippi children had to rely on their parents or tutors to get an...

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