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Windsor Ruins – Port Gibson, Mississippi

I have a memory of being taken as a child to see the Windsor Ruins and I remember standing in the midst of the columns and wondering what the house looked like before it was destroyed. I also remembering being told that the fire that burned down the house was perhaps caused by someone tossing…

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Old Spanish Fort, Pascagoula, Mississippi

If you search the Internet for “Facts About Mississippi,” you’ll find many pages that offer lists of interesting facts and occasionally you’ll find a random fact like this one: 1. The world’s largest shrimp is on display at the Old Spanish Fort Museum in Pascagoula. So, with that as a lead, it was inevitable that…

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The Mississippi Gift Company

The Mississippi Gift Company is a national mail order catalog and online gift company that specializes exclusively in food and gift items handcrafted in Mississippi for 20 years, The Mississippi Gift Company has scouted out the best Mississippi food, gift baskets, artwork and more to provide the largest selection of Mississippi-made items available anywhere. The…

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Norris Bookbinding Company

Norris Bookbinding Company is the nation’s largest Bible repair and Family Bible repair company serving customers in all 50 states, 30 foreign countries and over 500 dealers nationwide and is located in Greenwood, MS. From the company website: Norris Bookbinding Company was founded in 1947 by Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Norris. The principal work of…

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The Mississippi River Basin Model

The Mississippi River Basin Model, located in the Buddy Butts Park near Clinton, Mississippi, was built as a large-scale hydraulic model of the entire Mississippi River basin and it covers an area of 200 acres. It took from 1943 to 1966 to build it and the experiment station was in operation from 1949 until 1973….

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Walter Payton

American football player. Born on July 25, 1954, in Columbia, Mississippi. Sometimes known by his nickname “Sweetness,” Payton was equally admired for his off-the-field personality as well as for his football skills. He first began to attract attention as a halfback at Jackson State University, making the starting lineup in 1971 — his freshman year….

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Natchez Trace Parkway

Route 66 may be “The Mother Road”, but if that is true, then the Natchez Trace is “The Great Grandmother Road.” With family living in the Natchez area and having spent most of my life in Central Mississippi, I’ve have plenty of opportunities in my life to experience the Natchez Trace. As a matter of…

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82 Counties, 1 Mississippi

When I was in the eighth grade, I was required to take two classes that were both one semester long. The first was a Civics class that was focused on teaching the basics of U.S. Citizenship and how the United States worked. The second semester, the class changed its focus to the State Of Mississippi….

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Atlas Roofing Corporation

If you spend any significant time in Meridian, Mississippi, you’ll hear someone mention Atlas Roofing Corporation. The company is a lot like Peavey Corporation in the sense that if you live in Meridian, someone you know or someone you are related to works or used to work there. From their website: Atlas® Roofing Corporation is…

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Ward’s Restaurant

Back when I was a student at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS, one of the local favorites for burgers was the Ward’s Restaurant on Hardy Street just before you cross the bridge over I-59. Well, the address is technically 101 Thornhill Drive, Hattiesburg, MS, but if you decide to visit Hattiesburg, just stop…

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Mississippi State Beverage – Milk

Milk was designated the official state beverage of Mississippi in 1984. Milk has been called a nearly perfect food – a source of protein, calcium, and several other important nutrients. Of the 26 States that have selected an official beverage 20 of them have picked milk. Rhode Island chose milk flavored coffee, which is close…

I am Mississippi – Paul Ott

There’s currently a bill in the 2015 Mississippi Legislature (HB 87) to make the lyrics from Paul Ott Carruth’s song “I Am Mississippi” the State’s Official Poem. This isn’t the first time this has been attempted. Back in 2006, a similar bill was proposed, but a group of about three dozen English professors, instructors, staff…

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Viking Range

Viking Range Corporation is an appliance company located in Greenwood, Mississippi that manufactures kitchen appliances for residential and commercial use. Viking introduced the first professional-grade range for home use in 1987. The company offers three complete lines of premium appliances including cooking, ventilation, kitchen clean-up and refrigeration, and outdoor appliances. Viking’s latest offering is a…

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Petrified Forest – Flora, MS

I have a memory of visiting the Petrified Forest in Flora when I was I was in elementary school, but the memory is very faint and I don’t remember much about it other than their logo which is of a Woody Woodpecker sort of bird with a bent beak after trying to drill into one…

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USA International Ballet Competition

Years ago, the Jackson Auditorium was renamed “Thalia Mara Hall” and I am sad to say that I didn’t know who Thalia Mara was, but eventually I discovered that she was directly responsible for bringing the International Ballet Competition to Jackson, Mississippi. Mississippi has benefited immeasurably from Thalia Mara’s presence in our State even if…

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Tamales

On a recent trip that took my wife and I through Jackson, we stopped for dinner at Jose’s Tamales & Restaurant, one of our favorite haunts located in Pearl, MS, my hometown. As part of the meal I ordered a plate of their shredded pork tamales covered in chile con carne and cheese and ate…

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Sela Ward

I first noticed Sela Ward when she played Helen Kimble in the 1993 thriller, The Fugitive, starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones; however, she had already been acting professionally since 1983. Her role in The Fugitive was short as Helen is murdered by the one-armed man in the first few minutes of the film,…

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Biloxi Lighthouse

Having traveled to the Mississippi Gulf Coast hundreds of times in my life, I’ve often driven past the Biloxi Lighthouse. With all the tall casinos and condos in the area, the lighthouse does not seem as imposing as perhaps it once was. But it is still a beloved sight to see once you hit the…

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Jerry Clower

When I was growing up, there was no one who could make my father laugh like Jerry Clower. The Mouth Of Mississippi hollered his way to the top and was always very proud of being “made in Mississippi”, Yazoo and Liberty, Mississippi to be specific. From Wikipedia: Howard Gerald “Jerry” Clower (September 28, 1926 –…

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Stennis Space Center

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, there was an old saying around the community, If you want to go to the moon, you first have to go through Hancock County, Mississippi. The site known today as NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center boasts a rich and colorful history dating as far back as 1699….