The Mississippi Gulf Coast , from Biloxi to Henderson Point, is the
largestand longest man-made beach in the world.
The Ringier-America company in Corinth , MS prints National Geographic.
The world's only cactus plantation is located in Edwards with more than
3,000 varieties of cacti.
Mississippi has more tree farms than any other state.
Mississippi has more churches per capita than any other state.
Norris Bookbinding Company in Greenwood is the largest Bible rebinding
plant in the nation.
H.A. Cole in Jackson , MS , developed the cleaning product Pine-Sol.
Pine-Sol is manufactured only in Pearl , MS .
Dr. Tichenor created Dr. Tichenor's Antiseptic in Liberty , MS (not in
South Louisiana as commonly believed).
Four cities in the world have been sanctioned by the International
Theatre/Dance Committee to host the International Ballet Competition:
Moscow , Russia ; Varna , Bulgaria ; Helsinki , Finland ; and Jackson , Mississippi .
David Harrison of Columbus owns the patent on the "Soft Toilet Seat."
Over one million are sold every year.
The first football player on a Wheaties box was Walter Payton of Columbia , MS .
The Teddy Bear's name originated after a bear hunt in Mississippi with
President Theodore Roosevelt. President Roosevelt refused to shoot an
exhausted and possibly lame bear. News of this spread across the country,
and a New York merchant capitalized on this publicity by creating a
stuffed bear called "Teddy's Bear."
H. T. Merrill of Iuka flew the first round-trip transoceanic flight in
1928. The flight to England was made in a plane loaded with ping-pong balls.
The birthplace of Elvis in Tupelo includes: a museum, a chapel, and the
two-room house in which Elvis was born.
The world's oldest Holiday Inn is in Clarksdale .
Blazon-Flexible Flyer, Inc., in West Point , manufactures the best snow
sled in the country, the Flexible Flyer.
Greenwood is the home of Cotton Row, which is the second largest cotton
exchange in the nation and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Emil and Kelly Mitchell, the King and Queen of Gypsies, are buried in
Rose Hill Cemetery in Meridian . Since 1915, people from all over the
world have left gifts of fruit and juice at their grave sites.
The 4-H Club began in Holmes County in 1907.
The Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg is the largest research,
testing, and development facility of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
On April 25, 1866, women in Columbus decorated the graves of Confederate
and Union soldiers in Friendship Cemetery . This gesture became known as
Decoration Day, the beginning of what we observe as Memorial Day.
Shoes were first sold as pairs in 1884 at Phil Gilbert's Shoe Parlor in
Inventor James D. Byrd of Clinton holds seven patents and developed the
plastic used as a heat shield by NASA.
Mississippi University for Women in Columbus was the first state college
for women in the country, established in 1884.
The McCoy Federal Building in Jackson is the first federal building in
the United States named for a Black man. Dr. A. H. McCoy was a dentist
and business leader.
Hat Maker John B. Stetson learned and practiced hat making in Dunn's
The oldest field game in America is Stickball, played by the Choctaw
Indians of Mississippi. Demonstrations can be seen every July at the
Choctaw Indian Fair in Philadelphia , MS .
Alcorn State University , in Lorman, is the oldest black land grant
college in the world.
The International Checkers Hall of Fame is in Petal ( Hattiesburg ).
Natchez was settled by the French in 1716 and is the oldest permanent
settlement on the Mississippi River .
Natchez once had 500 millionaires, more than any other city except New
York City .
Natchez now has more than 500 buildings that are on the National Register
of Historic Places.
Captain Issac Ross of Lorman freed his slaves in 1834 and arranged for
their passage to the west coast of Africa . They founded the country of Liberia .
Oliver Pollock was the largest individual financial contributor to the
American Revolution. He invented the dollar sign ($). He is buried near
Resin Bowie, the inventor of the Bowie Knife, is buried in Port Gibson, MS.
Liberty was the first town in the country to erect a Confederate monument
The Pass Christian Yacht Club is the second oldest yacht club in North
America , founded in 1849.
The Mississippi Legislature passed one of the first laws in 1839 to
protect the property rights of married women.
The Natchez Trace Parkway , named an " All American Road " by the federal
government, extends from Natchez to just south of
Nashville , Tennessee . The Trace began as an Indian trail more than 8,000
The Mississippi Delta is the birthplace of the Blues, which preceded the
birth of Jazz, the only other original American art form.
The Vicksburg National Cemetery is the second-largest national cemetery
in the country. Arlington National Cemetery is the largest.
D'Lo, MS was featured in Life Magazine for sending proportionally more
men to serve in World War II than any other town of its size; 38 percent
of the men who lived in D'Lo served.
In 1894, Coca-Cola was first bottled by Joseph A. Biedenharn in Vicksburg .
Mississippi was the first state to outlaw imprisonment of debtors.
Belzoni is the Catfish Capital of the World. Approximately 70 percent of
the nation's farm-raised catfish comes from Mississippi .
Some things you may, or may NOT, know about Mississippi:
Fred Montalvo owns the company that makes "Icee" drinks is from Edwards.
Peavey Electronics, in Meridian , is the world's largest manufacturer of
musical amplification equipment.
Proportionally more Mississippians were killed during the Civil War than
from any other Confederate state.
Serving during Reconstruction, Hiram Revels was the first Black U.S. Senator.
The first Parents-Teachers Association was founded in Crystal Springs .
Babe Ruth's last home run was hit off a Mississippian, Guy Bush of Tupelo .
The famous BURNS GIRLS AND BOYS were born in Mississippi to Rev. and Mrs John B. Burns, Sr.