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In each issue of Mississippi Farm Country is a Mystery Photo. Everyone who solves the mystery will have his or her name entered into a drawing for a weekend getaway at a Mississippi Bed and Breakfast Inn sponsored by Farm Bureau. When all correct guesses have been received, we will randomly draw 20 names. These 20 names will receive a prize and have their entry placed in the hat twice for the drawing at the end of the year. This procedure is to accomodate members who receive their magazine at a later date than others. Families may submit only one entry. Federation staff members or their families are ineligible to participate in this contest. Good luck!


Answer the question correctly and you will qualify for the random drawing that determines our top twenty winners. You will also qualify for the bed and breakfast drawing at the end of the year.

This month's mystery

Which Bolivar County city is home to the Martin & Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum? Read about the museum and make your guess.

Railroad Museum
Back in the 1800s, the railroad played an important role in opening up Mississippi’s forests and swamplands so that settlers could build homes, farms and small towns across the state. It also connected many of these communities with larger cities, playing an important role in strengthening our economy.

The Martin & Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum, which has been in operation for five years, preserves and promotes the history and culture of the railroad as well as its impact on the establishment, growth and development of our mystery city, Bolivar County and the Mississippi Delta. The museum houses and displays many railroad artifacts, photographs and documents, donated by folks from around the state, that capture the history of railroading – from tools used by crews known as “Gandy Dancers” to the timetables and schedules used in depots and railroad offices.

Here you will also find a few fossils and Native American artifacts depicting the years before the railroad came through as well as some blues history from during the height of the railroad period. The Peavine, Yellow Dog and other railroads served as a form of transportation and inspiration for blues musicians like W. C Handy and Robert Johnson.

Best of all, the museum houses the largest O-gauge model train layout in Mississippi. 

Model Train

Measuring 71' x 17', the model train layout’s attention to detail and history is amazing and ever-changing. Representative of “Anytown, Mississippi” and depicting not only the Delta but Mississippi’s red clay hills, the layout shows the countryside and just about every facet of small-town life built around the railroad and this type of transportation from the 1940s through the 1960s.

The core of the O-gauge model train display was purchased by the city from a local resident, the late James Albert Wiggins, and meticulously refurbished by volunteers. The display includes 20 to 25 trains. Each year, the museum tries to purchase two new engines – some of them are steam engines and some are not. The trains are maintained and operated by two teams of two men, who rotate their time at the museum.

The museum was the vision of and is named for a longtime mayor of our mystery city, the late Martin King, and his wife, Sue. A grant from the Mississippi Department of Transportation helped with establishing it.

Outside the museum, you will find a thriving patch of cotton and a lovely rose garden.

More Information
The museum is open from 8 a.m. until noon and from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday.  The model trains are operated from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. each day. Admission is free.

The museum plays host to thousands of visitors each year.

Plan your own visit and name our mystery city.

For more information, call (662) 843-3377, visit our mystery city’s website or become a fan of the train museum on Facebook. 



To enter the contest:

Write your answer on a piece of paper and include your name, address and phone number. Send your entry to:


Solve the Mystery Contest
Attn: Glynda Phillips, Editor
P. O. Box 1972
Jackson, MS 39215-1972

Or you may e-mail your entry to farmcountry@msfb.org.

Deadline for entries is November 30.

 


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