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For information on tourism in Mississippi you can contact the State tourist board at:

Mississippi Division of Tourism
Post Office Box 849
Jackson, MS 39205 Telephone: 1-800-WARMEST (927-6378) brochure request line toll-free in USA
Telephone: +1 (601) 359-3297
Fax: +1 (601) 359-5757

Website: http://www.visitmississippi.org/

 

 

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Star for Vacation Rentals Bally's Saloon Gambling Hall Hotel - Tunica Just south of Memphis, this resort is an intimate 40, 000 square foot gaming space featuring a 238-room hotel with whirlpools and refrigerators, and three great restaurants to choose from including the award-winning Delta Steakhouse.

Star for Vacation Rentals Sassafras Inn Bed & Breakfast - Hernando A peaceful country setting, but minutes from all Memphis attractions. This lovely contemporary home, encompasses an indoor pool, tropical gardens, waterfalls, hot tub. A special time to be pampered ~ you're our top priority. Enjoy breakfast at your leisure. Play a game of billiards, watch your favorite movie, read, relax by the pool or just swing under an oak tree.

Star for Vacation Rentals Grand Casinos Tunica - Robinsonville What's the largest gaming resort between Las Vegas and Atlantic City? Name the closest casino to Graceland. What's the largest casino in Mississippi? There's only one answer: Grand Casino Tunica. And size isn't the only way we live up to our grand name. In addition to four themed casinos, we have world-class accommodations, beautiful grounds, fine dining and all the amenities you could ask for. Plus the best in gaming action, around the clock.

Star for Vacation Rentals Duff Green Mansion Inn - Vicksburg One of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in the state (National Register of Historic Places), this 1856 mansion was pressed into service as a hospital for Confederate, and later Union, soldiers during the famous siege of Vicksburg. The 12, 000 square-foot mansion in the historic Old Town was restored in 1985 and is luxuriously furnished in period antiques and reproductions.

Star for Vacation Rentals Bay Town Inn - Bay St Louis Bay Town Inn is one of the few accommodations on the Gulf Coast that has a waterfront view not obstructed by the busy traffic on Highway 90, thanks to its fine location on Beach Boulevard on the Bay of St. Louis, Mississippi. This historic home features high ceilings, huge cypress doors, crystal chandeliers, and a mixture of many antique styles and periods in its spacious rooms.

Mississippi is a U.S. state located in the Southern United States. Jackson is the state capital and largest city. The name of the state derives from the Mississippi River, which flows along its western boundary, whose name comes from the Ojibwe word misi-ziibi ("Great River"). The state is heavily forested outside of the Mississippi Delta area, and its catfish aquaculture farms produce the majority of farm-raised catfish consumed in the United States. The state symbol is the magnolia grandiflora tree.

While Mississippi has been especially known for its music and literature, it has embraced other forms of art. Its strong religious traditions have inspired striking works by outsider artists who have been shown nationally.

Jackson established the USA International Ballet Competition, which is held every four years. This ballet competition attracts the most talented young dancers from around the world.

The Magnolia Independent Film Festival, still held annually in Starkville, is the first and oldest in the state.

George Ohr, known as the "Mad Potter of Biloxi" and the father of abstract expressionism in pottery, lived and worked in Biloxi, MS.

The New Southern View Ezine, first published in the summer of 2001, is the state's first online magazine.

Music

Musicians of the state's Delta region were historically significant to the development of the blues. Their laments arose out of the region's hard times after Reconstruction. Although by the end of the 19th century, two-thirds of the farm owners were black, continued low prices for cotton and national financial pressures resulted in most of them losing their land. More problems built up with the boll weevil infestation, when thousands of agricultural jobs were lost. Many Mississippi musicians migrated to Chicago and created new forms of jazz and other genres there.

Jimmie Rodgers, a native of Meridian and white guitarist/singer/songwriter known as the "Father of Country Music", played a significant role in the development of the blues. He and Chester Arthur Burnett were friends and admirers of each other's music. Rodgers was supposed to have given Burnett his nickname of Howlin' Wolf. Their friendship and respect is an important example of Mississippi's musical legacy. While the state has had a reputation for being the most racist in the United States, individual musicians created an integrated music community. Mississippi musicians created new forms by combining and creating variations on musical traditions from Africa with the musical traditions of white Southerners, a tradition largely rooted in Scots–Irish music.

The state is creating a Mississippi Blues Trail, with dedicated markers explaining historic sites significant to the history of blues music, such as Clarksdale's Riverside Hotel, where Bessie Smith died after her auto accident on Highway 61. The Riverside Hotel is just one of many historical blues sites in Clarksdale. The Delta Blues Museum there is visited by tourists from all over the world. Close by are "Ground Zero" and "Madidi", a contemporary blues club and restaurant co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman.

Mississippians have contributed to American music. Elvis Presley, who created a sensation in the 1950s as a crossover artist and contributed to rock 'n' roll, was a native of Tupelo. From opera star Leontyne Price to the alternative rock band 3 Doors Down, to gulf and western singer Jimmy Buffett, to rappers David Banner and Afroman, Mississippi musicians have been significant in all genres.

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