Well ya’ll we’re heading back to the SEC in today’s post in the Dream City Trip series. Along with being great at sports, Jackson, Mississippi has a rich history and surprisingly diverse natural landscape. Here are the top six things I’d like to see in my epic road trip:
- Jackson Volcano: An extinct volcano sits right below the Mississippi Coliseum. It hasn’t erupted since the Cretaceous period. If you’re like me and your prehistoric timeline isn’t so good, its from 145 million years ago to 66 million years ago. So I think it would be safe to walk around the Mississippi State Fair Grounds hosted at the Mississippi Colosseum.
- The Oaks: This beautiful house museum is a Greek revival cottage built in 1853. It is one of the oldest homes in Jackson and was, thankfully, unharmed when Union forces burned the city during the Civil War. The home sits on four beautifully manicured acres.
- Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame: This museum commemorates some of the biggest names in sports like Steve Knight, Bobby Collins, Leslie Frazier, and Archie Manning. I’m not gonna lie to you folks, I love all those Mannings. Even though Peyton Manning beat my Chicago Bears in Superbowl XLI denying my favorite fellas like Urlacher, Briggs, Tillman, and Hester the accolades they deserve. But I digress.
- St. Peter the Apostle Cathedral: This gorgeous cathedral is the heart of the Diocese of Jackson and is built in a spectacular Neo-Gothic style, my favorite. There is a beautiful image of our Lord right above the front door welcoming us to dine at his table in the Eucharist.
- Mississippi Civil Rights Museum: Mississippi, like the rest of the south, has a long history with black Americans. The Civil Rights Museum has eight galleries highlighting the years of 1945-1976. There are interactive exhibits and amazing artifacts to teach the struggle of black people in America, fighting for the freedoms we enjoy today.
- Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum: This place just sounded so interesting and a bit peculiar. Agriculture has always been the lifeblood of the Mississippi economy and this museum highlights this significance. In 1969, Jim Buck Ross began to preserve and teach the history of agricultural industries across the state.
I’ve never thought about Mississippi much, other than Ole Miss football. But there seems to be a lot this state has to offer. I think it would be a great place to learn more about American history, economics, and environmental preservation.
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