Ten fun facts about Mississippi


Fact 1
Edwards, Mississippi is home to the largest cactus farm in the world.

Fact 2
The first human lung transplant was conducted at the University of Mississippi in 1963. The following year the world’s first heart transplant took place at this hospital.

Fact 3
Mississippi is acknowledges as the birthplace of the much beloved teddy bear. In 1902 President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear while on a hunting trip in the state. As a result of this event the world’s first “teddy bear” was created.


Fact 4
World famous music artist Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, a city in the state of Mississippi on January 8, 1935.

Fact 5
Vicksburg, Mississippi is where the ever first shoes were sold in pairs and in boxes. This was in the year 1884 in Vicksburg. They were sold at Phil Gilbert’s Shoe Parlor.

Fact 6
Liberty, Mississippi is the first place in the United States to house a Confederate monument.

Fact 7
Greenwood, Mississippi is home to the largest company in the US that binds Bibles.

Fact 8
Mississippi native Walter Payton who was born in Columbia is the first famous football player to have appeared on a Wheaties cereal box.

Fact 9
The International Checkers Hall of Fame is located in this state.

Fact 10
Mississippi is home to the second largest cemetery located in the United States, second only to Arlington National Cemetery. It is known as Vicksburg National Cemetery and is visited by tourists from around the world every year.


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Short about Mississippi
Is the 32nd largest state in the United States and is located in the south


Fast facts
Number of households
1,087,791
Population
2,986,450
Per capita income
$20,670
Life expectancy in number of years
75.0
Statehood
December 10, 1817
Capital
Jackson
Largest city
Jackson
Number of billionaires
0
State beverage
Milk
State bird
Northern mockingbird
State fish
Largemouth bass
State tree
Southern Magnolia
State flower
Magnolia

Sources
Forbes Magazine - List of billionaires by US state
US Census Bureau - State and County QuickFacts
USNA - State Tree and Flower Chart



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