Mississippi is one of the 50 states of the United States. The state is located in the Southern region of the US and has 2,978,512 inhabitants (2011). The capital is Jackson and the standard abbreviation for the state is MS.
The state borders Tennessee to the north, Arkansas and Louisiana to the west, and Alabama to the east. The southeast of the state is located on the Gulf of Mexico.
Mississippi is rolling to hilly. The coastal strip, which is 20 to 25 kilometers wide, is only a few meters above sea level. The height difference increases towards the north from 50 to 150 meters.
The Pontotoc Ridge, in the far northeast of the state, has an elevation of over 200 meters. The highest point is Woodall Mountain (246 meters).
The Mississippi River flows along the western border of the state, forming the border with the states of Arkansas and Louisiana. The main tributaries are the Yazoo and the Big Black River.
The Mississippi in the United States is the largest river in North America. The river has a length of 3,780 km and a catchment area of approximately 3.26 million km2.
Lake Itasca, in northwestern Minnesota, and the streams that feed this lake are considered the source of the Mississippi. The river flows into the Gulf of Mexico.
Climate and holidays
Mississippi has a subtropical climate. Summers are long and winters short and mild. Tornadoes occur regularly. Tornado season is between February and May.
Mississippi tourist attractions include Vicksburg National Military Park, which keeps the memory of the American Civil War alive.
Greenville hosts the Mississippi Delta Blues Festival in September. The Delta Blues Museum is located in Clarksdale.
Some beautiful natural areas include the Gulf Island National Seashore and the Matchez Trace Parkway.
The capital Jackson is the largest city in Mississippi. Some other cities are Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Southaven, Biloxi, Meridian.
Tupelo, Greenville, Olive Branch, Horn Lake, Clinton, Pearl, Madison, Ridgeland, Starkville, Vicksburg, Columbus, Pascagoula, Brandon.
According to countryaah.com, the state of Mississippi, in the southern United States, is administratively divided into 82 counties.
The US state of Mississippi borders the states of Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alabama. The southeast of the state is located on the Gulf of Mexico. The capital is Jackson.
Natchez Trace Parkway
The 710 km long Natchez Trace Trail passes through the American states of Tennessee, Mississippi and Oklahoma. It is an interesting scenic trail, on which there are many interesting places and which crosses historically, culturally and naturally attractive localities. The trail traces the original aboriginal route between Nashville and Natchez. In many places, the trail turns into unpaved dirt roads, but it is still sought after by both cyclists and hikers.
The Natchez Trace Parkway also passes through the area. Currently, approximately 100 km of this route is open to visitors. Along it, it is possible to come across so-called ghost towns, such as Rocky Springs. Cities were built mostly during the gold rush and abandoned again after the natural resources were exhausted. The trail itself has a rich history, in the past Native Americans, i.e. Indian tribes living in Alabama, walked it, later with the arrival of white settlers, it was various explorers, ferrymen, mail carriers and soldiers.
Nowadays, it is a popular location not only for pedestrians, but also for lovers of horse riding, mountain climbing and camping. There are three campsites located on the Natchez Trace Parkway where you can spend the night. You do not need any special permission to stay. Other lodging options can be found along the Parkway corridor. Throughout the year, a number of interesting cultural events take place here, such as Pioneer Day or period festivities.
Tupelo National Battlefield
Tupelo is the largest city in Lee County and the eighth largest city in the entire state of Mississippi. Tupelo is located in the northeast of the state, between Memphis and Birmingham, Alabama. It became especially famous as the birthplace of the singer Elvis Presley. Tupelo was named after the tupelo trees that grew in abundance in the area.
The town’s historic Tupelo National Battlefield is located on Main Street. It covers an area of about one acre on the western edge of the city. Main Street, on which the battlefield is located, is often referred to as Highway 6 and Highway 278. This road is also connected to the Natchez Trace Parkway – a scenic trail with many points of interest that intersects historically, culturally and naturally attractive locations. The trail traces the original aboriginal route between Nashville and Natchez. In many places, it turns into unpaved dirt roads, but it is still sought after by both cyclists and hikers.
The Tupelo Battlefield Monument commemorates the battle that took place there on July 13 and 14, 1864, during the American Civil War. On February 21, 1929, the site was declared a monument and named the Tupelo National Battlefield. However, in 1961 the conservation area changed its boundaries a bit, and since 1966 the battlefield has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today it is managed by the National Park Service, as is the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Tupelo is also the city where, in 1934, electric power was first introduced in the entire United States of America thanks to an agreement from the Tennessee Valley Authority, and in 1935, American President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited here. The city hosts a major art festival every year and is also home to the largest automotive museum in North America. It was opened in 2002 and presents visitors with more than 150 unique cars that were part of Frank K. Spain’s personal collection.