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Interesting Facts about Mississippi

We have a set of Mississippi state facts for you that showcase some of the many things that make this state stand out from the rest. This state's name may be difficult to spell, but it's not difficult to see what makes it unique!

1. The University of Mississippi Medical Center was the location of the first lung transplant and the first heart transplant surgery.

2. Liberty was the first location where Borden's Condensed Milk was canned.

3. U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was once hunting in Sharkey County and refused to shoot a bear he had captured. This led to the creation of the teddy bear.

4. Edwards is home to the world's largest cactus plantation.

5. The famous singer Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo on January 8, 1935.

6. The first female mail carrier was Mamie Thomas who delivered the mail by buggy to the area southeast of Vicksburg in 1914.

7. The Afro-American Symphony was composed by William Grant Still from Woodville.

8. The first female federal judge was from Hazelhurst. Her name was Burnita Shelton Matthews.

9. The south's first successfully constructed nuclear submarine was produced in Mississippi.

10. The town of Liberty was the first in the United States to build a Confederate Monument.

11. In Jackson County, one of the rarest cranes in America can be seen. Known as the Mississippi Sandhill Crane, it is 44 inches tall and has a wingspan of eight feet.

12. The Norris Bookbinding Company in Greenwood is the largest Bible-binding plant in the nation.

13. The first football player to be featured on a box of Wheaties cereal was Walter Payton from Columbia, MS.

14. The oldest game in the nation is known as stickball. It was first played by the Choctaw Indians who lived in Mississippi.

15. There is an International Checkers Hall of Fame in the city of Petal.

16. While the Arlington National Cemetery is the largest, the Vicksburg National Cemetery in MS is the second largest in the U.S.

17. The cleaning solution Pine Sol was invented in 1929 by a man from Jackson, MS named Harry A. Cole Sr.

18. Root Beer was invented in the city of Biloxi in 1898 by Edward Adolf Barq Sr.

19. The Mississippi River is the largest in the U.S. and acts as the main waterway. It has the nickname Old Man River.

20. There are a total of 82 counties in the state. Yazoo is the largest, and Alcorn is the smallest.

Between the invention of root beer and the largest river in the U.S. these Mississippi state facts have surely wowed you.

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