The name “Mississippi” comes from the Ojibwa (Chippewa) Indian word meaning “great river or gathering of waters”.
The Teddy Bear was created as a direct result of President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt’s refusal to shoot a captured bear in 1902, while on a hunting expedition in Sharkey County, Mississippi.
The state butterfly is the Spicebush Swallowtail.
Mississippi became the 20th state on December 10th, 1817.
Milk is the state beverage.
Although cotton is the most important crop in MS, corn, peanuts, pecans, rice, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, soybeans, food grains, poultry, eggs, meat animals, dairy products, feed crops and horticultural crops are all important to the state’s economy.
The Mississippi State shell is the Oyster.
The wood duck is the state waterfowl.
Jackson, MS has only been the capital of Mississippi since 1822.
The highest point in the state is Woodall Mountain, 246 meters (806 ft)
Alcorn State University is the nations oldest African American land-grant college.
After the Civil War, famed hat-maker John B. Stetson learned and practiced his trade at Dunn’s Falls near Meridian.
Lumberton, Mississippi is the home to the world’s largest pecan nursery.
Belzoni, Mississippi is called the “Catfish Capital of the World.”
Greenwood, Mississippi is commonly called the “Cotton Capital of the World.”
Root Beer was invented in Biloxi, Mississippi, in 1898 by Edward Adolf Barq, Sr.
The Space Shuttle’s main engines were test-fired at the Stennis Space Center in Hancock County.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1963 performed the world’s first human lung transplant and, on January 23, 1964, Dr. James D. Hardy performed the world’s first heart transplant surgery.
MCW in Columbus, Mississippi (est 1884) was the first state college for women in the U.S.
The oldest Holiday Inn is in Clarksdale, MS.
Football Hall of Famer Walter Peyton was from Columbia, Mississippi. He was also the first football player on the Wheaties box.
In 1894, Coca-Cola was first bottled by Joseph A. Biedenharn in Vicksburg, MS.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast has the world’s longest man-made beach.
National Geographic Magazine is printed in Corinth, MS.
Jackson, MS is one of only 4 cities of the world sanctioned by The International Theater/Dance Committee to host the International Ballet Competition: Moscow, Russia; Varna, Bulgaria; Helsinki, Finland are the other 3.
Borden’s Condensed Milk was first canned in Liberty, MS.
The first bottle of Dr. Tichener’s Antiseptic was produced in Liberty, MS.
Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, on January 8, 1935.
Viking Range Corp. was founded and still operates in Greenwood, MS.
The international Checkers Hall of Fame is in Petal.