Thursday, August 18

Facts about Mississippi

Hello, I hope you are doing well today! 

Are you ready to learn some cool facts?

Have you ever been to Mississippi before? Do you live there? Whichever it may be, you can discover some cool facts about Mississippi here! Joey and Jinger absolutely love to learn cool facts about all of the different states in the United States. They would like me to share some of those cool facts with you! Every Thursday I will be posting cool facts about each of the fifty states in the United States. The states will be done in alphabetical order! Last week we posted facts about Minnesota. This week we are posting cool facts about Mississippi. The countdown is on only 26 more states to blog about! Yippie!

Did you know that Mississippi was the twentieth (20th) state to join the union? Yeah, that is correct! Mississippi officially joined the union on December 10, 1817! Mississippi is located in the Southeastern region of the United States. Mississippi is bordered by four (4) states: Louisiana, Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota. Mississippi also borders the Gulf of Mexico. Mississippi is the thirty-second (32nd) largest state in the United States. Mississippi is one of the medium sized states. There are about 2,949,965 people that reside in Mississippi.

Mississippi famous person alert:

Did you know that Henry Sampson was born in Jackson, Mississippi? Henry Sampson was a famous engineer, book author, film historian, and inventor. He invented the gamma-electric cell.


Tell us about a famous person that lives in your state?


Facts about Mississippi:

1. A few things Mississippi is known for are: The Mississippi River, Blues music, and the birth state of Elvis Presley. A few of the nicknames for the state of Mississippi are: the Magnolia State, the Bayou State, and the Eagle State. The Mississippi state motto is Virtute et Armis. The motto is a Latin phrase which means by virtue and arms or by valor and arms. The Mississippi state motto was adopted in 1894. The abbreviation for Mississippi is MS.

2. The capital of Mississippi is Jackson. Jackson officially became the capital of Mississippi sometime in 1821. Jackson is a city in Mississippi that was named after Andrew Jackson who was the seventh (7th) president of the United States. Jackson has an estimated population of about 163,778 people.

3. The state bird of Mississippi is the Northern mockingbird. The Northern mockingbird was chosen as the state bird for Mississippi on February 23, 1944. The Northern mockingbird is a songbird. The Northern mockingbird has colors of gray, brown, black and white on it.

4. The Mississippi official state flower is the Magnolia. The Magnolia is a perennial flowering tree/shrub that can be found growing throughout the state of Mississippi. The Magnolia starts to bloom in the months of March and April. The Magnolia is a very beautiful tree flower. The Mississippi Magnolia became Mississippi’s official state flower on February 26, 1952, but was adopted on April 1, 1938.

5. Mississippi’s first flag was in 1861. Mississippi’s current state flag was officially adopted in 2020. Mississippi’s state flag has a red, orange, and blue background and it features a white magnolia surrounded by the words In God We Trust and 21 stars.

6. Some crops that are grown in Mississippi are: corn, barley, soy beans, sugar beets, and wheat.

7. Some cool places to visit while in Mississippi are: the Davis Bayous Area Gulf Islands National Seashore located in Ocean Springs, MS., the Mississippi Petrified Forest located in Madison County, MS., and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science located in Jackson, MS.

8. Some animals that live in Mississippi are: bald eagles, beavers, black bears, coyotes, ground hogs, racoons, and white-tailed deer.

9. Mississippi can get very hot and very cold depending on the time of year. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Mississippi was 115 degrees Fahrenheit in Holly Springs, Mississippi on July 29, 1930. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Mississippi was -19 degrees (19 degrees below zero) Fahrenheit in Corinth, Mississippi on January 30, 1966



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Facts about Mississippi



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Books about Mississippi:

1. Mississippi by Jennifer Zeiger

2. The Mighty Mississippi by Marion Dane Bauer

3. Where Is the Mississippi River? by Dina Anastasio

4. Mississippi Interactive Notebook by Carole Marsh

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Tune in next week to learn some really cool facts about Missouri! Thank you for reading my post!! “Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.”-Dalai Lama



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