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 Mississippi, USA - The First Baptist Church, Gulfport, Mississippi


In 1902 while on a hunting expedition in Sharkey County, President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt refused to shoot a captured bear. This act resulted in the creation of the world-famous teddy bear.

Mississippi was the first state in the nation to have a planned system of junior colleges.

Mississippi is the birthplace of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Dashing hatmaker John B. Stetson made his western creation at Dunn’s Falls after the Civil War, forever changing cowboy style.

"The state is named for the Mississippi River...the word, a French derivation of the Ojibwa messipi (alternately misi-sipi or misi-ziibi) actually means "big river.""

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Mississippi Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

The First Baptist Church, Gulfport, Mississippi
Mississippi, USA

The First Baptist Church, Gulfport, Mississippi
Daily Herald
June 23, 1900
Mississippi, USA

Daily Herald
June 23, 1900

Mississippi, USA

(IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
Capitol Street Looking East, Jackson, Miss.
Mississippi, USA

Capitol Street Looking East, Jackson, Miss.
Angelo's Place - Facing the Sparkling Waters of the Gulf on U.S. 90, Gulfport, Mississippi
Mississippi, USA

Angelo's Place - Facing the Sparkling Waters of the Gulf on U.S. 90, Gulfport, Mississippi
Flag of Mississippi
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Mississippi, USA
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1729 - November 28 - Natchez Indians massacre 138 Frenchmen, 35 French women, and 56 children at Fort Rosalie, near the site of modern-day Natchez, Mississippi.
November 28, 1729
1797 - Spain ceded Mississippi to America webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mstimeln.htm
1817 - Mississippi became 20th state; Indian lands opened for white settlement webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mstimeln.htm
1839 - Mississippi allows women to own property in their own names. It is the first state to do so.
1861 - January 21 – American Civil War: Jefferson Davis resigns from the United States Senate.
...Mr. Davis, of Mississippi, formally took leave of the Senate in a few eloquent remarks. He wished to part with his late associates with kindness and good feeling, and if at any time he had wounded the feelings of any one by words spoken in debate, he begged pardon therefor...
The Raleigh Register
Raleigh, North Carolina
January 26, 1861
1862 - Decoration Day first celebrated in Mississippi

The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
1870 - Mississippi readmitted to Union; public education established webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mstimeln.htm
1886 - March 17 – Carrollton Massacre: 20 African Americans are killed in Mississippi.
March 17, 1886
1895 - Mississippi
Mississippi, one of the Gulf States of the American Union, bounded N. by Tennessee, E. by Alabama, S. by the Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana, and W. by Arkansas and Louisiana. Along its western borders flow the Missis sippi and Pearl Rivers, and for its northern limit it has the 35th degree of N. lat. Area, 46,810 square miles, of which 46,340 square miles are land and 470 water...

Population in 1800, 8850; in 1810, 40,352; in 1820, 75,448; in 1830, 136,621; in 1840, 375,851; in 1850, 605,948; in 1860, 791,305, of whom 436,631 were slaves; in 1870, 827,922; in 1880, 1,131,597; in 1890, 1,239.600.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1898 - Charm of Farm Life. The Rural Habitation is the Place Where Home Ties Are Strongest and Purest.
No one pretends that farmers are making money rapidly; they have their vexations and discouragements as do others, but they have several things to be very thankful for. They have good homes, in nearly every case, plenty of wholesome food and decent clothes. They are not under the eye of the task-master, nor working under great nervous strain, with every minute lost from work counted against them when pay day comes. They need not, in the language of the shops, "be afraid of their jobs;" they are working for themselves and are sure of their pay even if it is not as large as they wish it to be.

The main who looks upon his farm as a machine from which dollars only are to be made, and does not value any others of the numberless blessing it gives him, will never cease to talk about hard times. It is not alone for the money it will produce that the farm should be prized. It should be valued because it brings men and women near to nature's heart and their children grow up strong and... Read MORE...

1907 - Boll weevils destroyed cotton crops in Mississippi webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mstimeln.htm
1919-1920 - Mississippi was the first state to ratify the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution, issuing in the era of Prohibition in 1919-1920 resources/ state-facts/ mississippi.html
1927 - Mississippi River flooded 2,722,000 acres in Delta area; thousands homeless webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mstimeln.htm
1935 - September 24 – Earl W. Bascom and his brother Weldon produce the first night rodeo held outdoors under electric lights at Columbia, Mississippi.
September 24, 1935
1936 - April 5 – A tornado hits Tupelo, Mississippi, killing 216 and injuring over 700
April 5, 1936
1969 - August 17 - Camille, the second worst hurricane in U.S. history, smashed into the Mississippi coast.
Winds gusted to 172 mph at Main Pass Block LA, and to 190 mph near Bay Saint Louis MS. The hurricane claimed 256 lives, and caused 1.3 billion dollars damage. Several ocean going ships were carried over seven miles inland by the hurricane. The hurricane produced winds to 200 mph, and a storm surge of 24.6 feet. Complete destruction occurred in some coastal areas near the eye of the hurricane.
The Weather Channel
1984 - The state of Mississippi belatedly ratifies the 19th Amendment, granting women the vote.
2023 - There's something for everyone to explore in the Magnolia State. Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Mississippi:
Explore the Blues in Clarksdale: Clarksdale is known as the heart of the Mississippi Delta, the birthplace of the blues. Visit the Delta Blues Museum, explore historic Highway 61, and soak in the authentic blues atmosphere.

Natchez Trace Parkway: This scenic byway stretches for over 400 miles through Mississippi and offers beautiful views, hiking trails, and opportunities for bird-watching and picnicking.

Vicksburg National Military Park: Learn about the Civil War history of Mississippi at this park. Explore the battlefield, visit the USS Cairo Museum, and take in the breathtaking views of the Mississippi River.

Oxford: Home to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), Oxford is a charming college town with a vibrant arts scene, historic Square, and the famous Square Books. It's a great place for a leisurely stroll.

Tupelo: Visit the birthplace of Elvis Presley and explore the Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum. You can also check out Tupelo Buffalo Park & Zoo or enjoy the... Read MORE...

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