Mississippi Division of Tourism, 501
North West Street, P O Box 849, Jackson MS 39205; 601-359-3449; 800-927-6378; Fax: 601-359-2832.
State American Folk Dance: square dance
State Beverage: milk
State Bird: mockingbird
State Butterfly: spicebush swallowtail
State Coat of Arms:
State Fish: largemouth or black bass
State Flower: magnolia blossom
State Fossil: prehistoric whale
State Insect: honeybee
State Mammal: white-tailed deer
State Motto: By valor and arms
State Nickname: Magnolia State
State Reptile: American alligator
State Rock: petrified wood
State Shell: oyster shell
State Soil: Natchez silt loam
State Song: Go, Mississippi
State Stone: petrified wood
State Toy: teddy bear
State Tree: magnolia
State Water Mammal: bottlenosed dolphin
State Waterfowl: wood duck
State Wildflower: corepsis
Biloxi, Mississippi — Gulf Coast Visitors
P O Box 4554, Biloxi, Mississippi 39535-4554;
601-388-8000; 888-467-4853. Web:
http://www.gulfcoast.org. Between 1720 and 1723, Biloxi was the capital of the French
territory in what is now the southern U.S. In 1723, the capital was moved to New Orleans, Louisiana.
Natchez, Mississippi — Territorial capital (1798-1802) and state capital (1817-1821)
Washington, Mississippi — Territorial capital (1802-1817).
Jackson, Mississippi — Mississippi State Capital, 400 High Street, Jackson,
Mississippi 39202; 601-359-3114. Web:
http://www.ls.state.ms.us. The present state capital, since 1821.
Choctaw, Mississippi — 601-650-1537. Capital of the Choctaw Tribal Council of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town; Mississippi Queen; Mississippi Moon;
Mississippi Girl; Go, Mississippi; Mississippi Girl; Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man.