WICKED MISSISSIPPI TRIVIA REDUX
Answers to this quiz in a week or so.
1. McKinley Morganfield and Chester Burnett are two world-renowned Mississippians. What were they famous for, and by what names did we know them?
2. What was the name of US President James K. Polk’s plantation in what is now Grenada County?
3. What and where was the second oldest military academy (after West Point) in the US, and the first educational institution in the Mississippi Territory?
4. What now-nationwide organization was first established in 1909 in Crystal Springs?
5. The first franchised Holiday Inn was located in which Mississippi city?
6. Where does the “Southern cross the ‘Dog?” and what does that phrase mean?
7. Casey Jones, a resident of Jackson, Tennessee, met his famous death in Vaughn, Mississippi. In what Mississippi town did he reside from 1893-1896?
8. The adjoining towns of Pittsburgh and Tullahoma were consolidated on July 4, 1836, to form which Mississippi city?
9. Jesse James robbed a bank in which Mississippi city?
10. A traditional belief of the Choctaw people is that they first appeared on earth when they emerged from a cave near the “Mother Mound” in Mississippi. What is the mound called, and where is it?
11. Avalon, a defunct village in Carroll County, is the home town of which famous Mississipian?
12. When he raided CSA President Jefferson Davis’s Brierfield plantation near Vicksburg, Ulysses Grant stole – or “confiscated” – one of Davis’s horses that the Union commander used through the rest of the Civil War. What did the General name his stolen horse?
13. Name the community founded in the Mississippi Delta in 1887 by descendants of Davis Bend, a utopian slave community established by Joseph Davis, older brother of Jefferson Davis.
14. What was the original name of the site that became Jackson before it was known as LeFleur’s Bluff?
15. Which Laurel native became an internationally acclaimed soprano with the New York Metropolitan Opera?
16. Which of Mississippi’s yacht clubs has the distinction of being only the second to be established in the U.S.?
17. Who is “The Sage of Tippo?”
18. Ronald Reagan launched his 1980 campaign for President as the Republican party nominee at what Mississippi event?
19. On May 26, 1736, a combined force of 1,200 French and Choctaws, under command of Bienville, was defeated by Chickasaw defenders in the Battle of Akia, in what present-day Mississippi county?
20. The fictional Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy, chief medical officer of the Starship Enterprise in the original Star Trek series, had a Mississippi connection. What was it?
21. Just before the Civil War, 92.5% of this Mississippi county’s total population were slaves–the highest concentration of slaves in the United States.
22. What is the oldest newspaper published in Mississippi?
23. At 86.5%, this Mississippi county has the highest percentage of African American population of any county in the United States. Which is it?
24. What was the historic, now defunct, road that entered Mississippi from Alabama in what is now Lowndes County, crossed Noxubee, Kemper, Newton, Jasper, Jones, Marion, and Pearl River Counties before crossing into Louisiana at the Pearl River twenty miles west of Poplarville, Mississippi?
25. Name the four official sites of the state capital through its history.
Bonus Question: What was the unusual object that fell from the sky in an 1887 hailstorm in Bovina?