ANSWERS TO WICKED MISSISSIPPI TRIVIA REDUX

March 22, 2013 § 4 Comments

Here are the answers …

1.  McKinley Morganfield and Chester Burnett are two world-renowned Mississippians. What were they famous for, and by what names did we know them?

Answer:  Blues musicians Muddy Waters (Morganfield) and Howlin’ Wolf (Burnett).

2.  What was the name of US President James K. Polk’s plantation in what is now Grenada County?

Answer:  Yalobusha.

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?

Answer:  Jefferson College, near Washington, Mississippi, in Adams County. Jefferson Davis studied there, and John James Audubon was a professor there from 1822-23. Aaron Burr was arraigned there for treason. It ceased operation in 1964, and is now a state park site.

4.  What now-nationwide organization was first established in 1909 in Crystal Springs?

Answer:  The PTA.

5.  The first franchised Holiday Inn was located in which Mississippi city?

Answer:  Clarksdale.

6.  Where does the “Southern cross the ‘Dog?” and what does that phrase mean?

Answer:  In Moorhead, where the Southern RR was intersected at a 90-degree angle by the old Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR (aka Yazoo & Delta, or YD = “Yellow Dog” or, simply ‘Dog), said to be the only 90-degree RR intersection in N. America. It’s mentioned in W.C. Handy’s “Yellow Dog Blues” and several other blues songs. Although the line is abandoned now, there is a monument at the site, and the crossed rails are preserved.

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?

Answer:  Water Valley.

8.  The adjoining towns of Pittsburgh and Tullahoma were consolidated on July 4, 1836, to form which Mississippi city?

Answer:  Grenada.

9.  Jesse James robbed a bank in which Mississippi city?

Answer:  Corinth. On December 7, 1874, the Tishomingo Savings Bank was robbed, and witnesses attributed it to the James-Younger gang. Some witnesses claimed he was not with his gang when the robbery took place, and, indeed, he was seen in a train robbery in Kansas the following day.

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?

Answer:  Nanih Waiya, about 15 mi. NE of Philadelphia.

11.  Avalon, a defunct village in Carroll County, is the home town of which famous Mississipian?

Answer:  Blues artist Mississippi John Hurt.

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?

Answer:  “Jeff Davis.” Grant’s primary mount was “Cincinnatus,” but Jeff Davis the horse served as a replacement.

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.

Answer:  Mound Bayou.

14.  What was the original name of the site that became Jackson before it was known as LeFleur’s Bluff?

Answer:  Parkerville.

15.  Which Laurel native became an internationally acclaimed soprano with the New York Metropolitan Opera?

Answer:  Leontyne Price.

16.  Which of Mississippi’s yacht clubs has the distinction of being only the second to be established in the U.S.?

Answer:  Pass Christian Yacht Club, founded in 1849. The New York Yacht Club, founded in 1844, was the first.

17.  Who is “The Sage of Tippo?”

Answer:  Noted jazz musician Mose Allison, of Tippo, in Tallahatchie County.

18.  Ronald Reagan launched his 1980 campaign for President as the Republican party nominee at what Mississippi event?

Answer:  The Neshoba County Fair. He delivered a speech that drew criticism because he used the phrase “I believe in states’ rights” in the county where three civil rights workers had been murdered 16 years before. States’ rights had been considered by many to be a code phrase used in the 1950’s and 60’s for segregation.

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?

Answer:  Lee, about 3 mi. S of Tupelo. The name of the village is actually “Hikia” in Chickasaw, which means erected, or set up.

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?

Answer:  He attended Ole Miss.

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.

Answer:  Issaquena. The 1860 U.S. Census reported a total of 7,244 slaves held in Issaquena County, and of 115 slave owners, 39 held 77 or more slaves

22.  What is the oldest newspaper published in Mississippi?

Answer:  The Woodville Republican, since 1823.

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?

Answer:  Jefferson.

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?

Answer:  The Jackson Military Road, established at the insistence of General Andrew Jackson to facilitate the movement of forces south for defense of New Orleans. It was authorized by Congress in 1816, and was completed in 1820, under supervision of Jackson himself. Roads and streets with names such as “military road” and “Jackson Military Road” can still be found along the route.

25.  Name the four official sites of the state capital through its history.

Answer:  Natchez, Washington, Columbia and Jackson. After Jackson was occupied and burned in the Civil War, other provisional seats of government were Columbus, Macon, Enterprise and Meridian.

Bonus Question: What was the unusual object that fell from the sky in an 1887 hailstorm in Bovina?

Answer:  A 6″ x 8″ gopher turtle encased entirely in ice.

ANSWERS TO WICKED MISSISSIPPI TRIVIA

August 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

From last week

1.  Which Mississippi county changed its name in 1865 to Davis County in honor of Jefferson Davis and the name of its county seat to Leesburg, in honor of Robert E. Lee?  What was the name of the original county seat? (Note: the names were restored to their originals in 1869).

It was Jones County. Ellisville was the original county seat, because Laurel, which is now one of the two county seats, was not founded until 1882.

2. What is the present-day name of the Mississippi county that was established in 1871 as Colfax County?

Clay.  Colfax County was created in 1871 from parts of Chickasaw, Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Monroe.  It changed its name in 1876 to honor Henry Clay. 

3. From which present-day county did Bainbridge County separate in1823, only to merge back into its original county in 1824?

Covington.  There is no record of the reason for the establishment of Bainbridge county, or for its dissolution, nor is there any identfication of the person or place for whom the county was named in the act establishing it.   

4. What is the present-day name of the Mississippi county that was established in 1874 as Sumner County?

Webster.  The county was renamed in honor of Daniel Webster in 1882. 

5. In 1918 , the last county to be established in Mississippi was formed. What is its name?

Humphreys.  Named for Benjamin Humphreys, 26th governor of Mississippi.

 6. What present-day county seat was founded in 1832 as the Town of Jefferson? (Note: no relation to the Faulkner’s fictional town of the same name).

Hernando.

7. John L. Sullivan defeated Jake Kilrain in 1889 in the last official bare-knuckled bout in what was then Perry County.  In which present-day county is the site located?

Forrest.  Forrest County was carved out of the western part of Perry County in 1908.

8. President James K. Polk owned a 1,120-acre estate in the Troy community of which present-day county from 1835-1849?

Grenada.

9. Which Mississippi county seat was the home of thirteen generals of the Confederacy?

Holly Springs.  The original name of the town was “Suavatooky,” which would have been a nightmare for today’s image-conscious tourism promoters.

10. Which Mississippi town was named after a newspaper published in another state?

Picayune.  Eliza Jane Nicholson, a famed poet and resident of Pearl River County, was editor of the New Orleans Picayune, now the Times-Picayune, and the town was named in honor of her achievements.

11. In which Mississippi county did Teddy Roosevelt’s famous bear hunt take place in 1902 in the community of Smedes?

Sharkey.  Smedes was the name of the train landing at Onward Plantation in Sharkey County.  Onward, which is the surviving community in the vicinity of the plantation, is usually given as the locale, since the train landing has long since disappeared.  You can read the fascinating story how African-American Holt Collier, legendary bear hunter, former slave, Confederate soldier and Texas cowboy, guided Roosevelt on his hunt here.

12. In which Mississippi county does the “Southern cross the Dog?”

Sunflower.  At Moorhead, where a line of the Southern Railway crossed the Yazoo and Delta (YD=Yellow Dog, or “Dog”) at a 90-degree angle, reputedly the only place in the western hemisphere where two rail lines cross at a perpindicular.  The junction is mentioned in blues recordings, notably by W.C. Handy and Bessie Smith.

13. Which Mississippi county’s name is derived from an Indian name meaning “tadpole place?”

Yalobusha.  Some other unusual names:  Pontotoc means “weed prairie” or “land of hanging grapes”; Noxubee means “stinking water,” and Oktibbeha means “bloody water”; and Attala was named after the heroine of an 1801 novella by Franois-Rene de Chateaubriand, spelled Atala in his work.

WICKED MISSISSIPPI TRIVIA

August 11, 2010 § 15 Comments

Answers next week

1.  Which Mississippi county changed its name in 1865 to Davis County in honor of Jefferson Davis, and the name of its county seat to Leesburg, in honor of Robert E. Lee?  What was the name of the original county seat? (Note: the names were restored to their originals in 1869).

2. What is the present-day name of the Mississippi county that was established in 1871 as Colfax County?

3. From which present-day county did Bainbridge County separate in1823, only to merge back into its original county in 1824?

4. What is the present-day name of the Mississippi county that was established in 1874 as Sumner County?

5. In 1918 , the last county to be established in Mississippi was formed. What is its name?

 6. What present-day county seat was founded in 1832 as the Town of Jefferson? (Note: no relation to the Faulkner’s fictional town of the same name).

7. John L. Sullivan defeated Jake Kilrain in 1889 in the last official bare-knuckled bout in what was then Perry County. In which present-day county is the site located?

8. President James K. Polk owned a 1,120-acre estate in the Troy community of which present-day county from 1835-1849?

9. Which Mississippi county seat was the home of thirteen generals of the Confederacy?

10. Which Mississippi town was named after a newspaper published in another state?

11. In which Mississippi county did Teddy Roosevelt’s famous bear hunt take place in 1902 in the community of Smedes?

12. In which Mississippi county does the “Southern cross the Dog?”

13. Which Mississippi county’s name is derived from an Indian name meaning “tadpole place?”

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