Three times charm

Trip Start Jan 01, 1975
Trip End Jan 01, 2010

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Flag of United States  , Mississippi
Saturday, May 10, 1975

I've been to Jackson several times and lived nearby in Macon for three years when I was very young. As an adult, was sent there in 1975 by my employer, Hensley-Schmidt, Engineers, to do a report-writing workshop for the engineers and to get info on what was going on in Jackson office for the company newsletter. I don't remember too much about city except the pretty park they designed.

There again November 27, 1993, with Mom and Dad and brother Craig, was Daddy's 75th birthday. He wanted catfish so we drove all over everywhere and finally found this BIG catfish restaurant. Very good! Next morning they stayed in the motel while Craig and I paid an early visit to the capitol. It was too early for a tour but the guard let us in and walked around with us, I was so impressed because he was obviously PROUD of the
capitol building. He literally beamed talking about it.

I drove through Jackson again in my Return to Seattle trip in April 1999 but didn't stop, headed on to Vicksburg. I remember a traffic jam on the freeway, but I could see the capitol dome in the distance.

Mississippi was the TWENTIETH state.
Date: December 10, 1817
State Nickname: Magnolia State
Key Words: Bluffs, Center, Ashes, Civil War, Checkerboard, Confederate

This city on the bluffs of the Pearl River was named for Andrew Jackson, and laid out in a checkerboard pattern according to Thomas Jefferson's design, with every other square a park.

Selected as capital because it is in the center of the state, the city also served as Confederate state capital, until Sherman reduced it to ashes. It then had the ironic name of "Chimneyville." Carpetbaggers reigned here until 1876 and Jefferson Davis made his last appearance here in 1884.

The new capitol was built in 1903, patterned after the national capitol. However, the eagle atop the dome faces AWAY from Washington DC.

There are Civil War battle sites and many Confederate monuments in the area. Visit the Mississippi Petrified Forest to see logs deposited as driftwood by a prehistoric river.

Population 180,881
Elevation 204
Central time zone
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