45 Mississippi Facts: Interesting Facts About Mississippi

Last updated on July 21st, 2020

41. Are you ready for a surprising fact about Oxford, Mississippi? Well, Alice from Alice in Wonderland was a real girl, Alice Liddel, living in Oxford with her father, Christ Church’s Dean. He has a friend named Charles Dodgson, also known as Lewis Carrol. Lewis spent much time with Alice and her family. Therefore he based a leading character of his novel in 1865 on that girl. Interesting, isn’t it?

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42. Natchez is home town of Black-Swan, the pseudonym of Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield. She was the first African American singer of Classic music. She was known as the best concert singer at that time. In October 1851, she gave an astounding performance in Buffalo, New York. Her appearance caused a great buzz since it was the first time in the history that a black singer appeared in a concert. A reporter from the Buffalo Commercial Advertiser dubbed her as the “Black Swan – that name stayed with her till her death.

43. Clarksdale is all about blue music and rhythm. No matter if you go to a nearby club or a famous venue, blue-music artists are always ready to entertain you. However, if you are looking for something authentic and serious kind, then just head straight to Red Lounge- where lots of famous artists and aspiring stars surprise you with their fascinating performance. You will miss a great deal of rhythm and fun if you don’t go there.

44. If you think that Corinth is all about history and war, it’s time to add a twist into your thoughts since this city has romantic and breathtaking scenes that convince you to stay in this small town even longer than you planned. Couples who are looking for a perfect wedding venue should book the gardens of Greek Revival style Verandah-Curlee House.

45. Fans of Star Trek have a special place in their hearts for Canton as they know that this place is an alternative location for the Millenium Gate. Just when this city got featured in Star Trek: Voyager, fans started asking about this futuristic biosphere’s alternative location. This town was built at the site where the home of an ancestor of Voyager’s Captain- Kathryn Janeway was located.

Mississippi – quick facts and state symbols

State AbbreviationMS
State CapitalJackson
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Largest CityJackson
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 48,430 sq miles; Land Only: 46,907 sq miles
Population
2,986,530
(Estimate July 1, 2018 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodDecember 10, 1817
State rank by population34th
State rank by date of formation20th
State rank by area32nd
Number of Counties82
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DemonymMississippian
Bordering StatesAlabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee
Official LanguageEnglish
Highest PointWoodall Mountain
807 ft (246.0 m)
Lowest pointGulf of Mexico
Sea level
Mean elevation300 feet above sea level
Length340 miles (545 km)
Width170 miles (275 km)
GovernorTate Reeves (R)
Lieutenant GovernorDelbert Hosemann (R)
Electoral Votes6
State MottoVirtute et armis (By valor and arms)
State NicknameMagnolia State
% Water3%
Noble prize WinnersWilliam Faulkner (Literature, 1949)
Famous peopleBrett Favre (Pro Football player)
Cool Papa Bell (Baseball player)
Chet Walker (Basketball player)
Lacey Chabert
(Actress)
Britney Spears
(Singer)
State BirdMockingbird
State ButterflySpicebush swallowtail
State FishLargemouth bass
State FlowerMagnolia
State FossilPrehistoric Whales
State InsectHoney bee
State Land mammalWhite-tailed deer
State Marine mammalBottlenose dolphin
State ReptileAmerican Alligator
State ShellEastern oyster
State StonePetrified Wood
State TreeMagnolia
State WaterfowlWood duck
Longitude88° 06′ W to 91° 39′ W
Latitude30° 12′ N to 35° N
Time ZoneCentral Time Zone
Websitewww.ms.gov
Area Codes228, 601, 662, 769
Table last updatedJune 8, 2020