Solve the Mystery
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
Jones County has two seats of government. One is Ellisville and the
other is our mystery city. This city is named for a plant with a beautiful
bloom that was growing abundantly and wildly when pioneers settled here
in 1882. Read the clues and make your guess.
Name this town.
Here are your clues from the magazine:
Our mystery city grew up around the railroad. In the late 19th and early
20th centuries, it was a hub of activity as pine trees were logged and
milled in the Pine Belt and transported to other areas of the state and
nation. This city still has an historic operating train depot. The Lindsey
Eight-Wheel Log Wagon was built in this city. A mural featuring the wagon
by famed artist Mildred Wolfe and dating back to the Works Progress Administration
(early 1900s) hangs in the depot.
mystery city is home to numerous historic homes and churches. The Gardiner
family of New York was particularly instrumental in creating the culture
in this city. The Central Historic District is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places and boasts many early 20th century architectural
styles, including Classical and Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, Bungalow
and Craftsman. The gorgeous landscaping is part of American master architect
Fredrick Law Olmstead’s 1909 city plan.
The historic area of this city has several large parks: Gardiner Park,
Daphne Park, Mason Park, Euclid Park and a tiny one known as the Little
Park. Gardiner Park was designed by the famed Olmsted Brothers firm. Their
father designed Central Park in New York City.
Our mystery city once boasted a street car with tracks that ran across
the downtown area. The streetcar is no more, but brick streets remain
in some downtown areas.
Our mystery city was important to the blues industry, and a blues marker
can be found in a downtown park that is shaped like a guitar. Important
blues musicians from this city include Sam Myers, Albennie Jones and Blind
Roosevelt Graves. Record producer Johnny Vincent also called this city
This city is home to great schools and award-winning high school athletic
programs. One of the only all-brick high school stadiums in the state
is located here. Also, Blair Field was Mississippi’s first lighted
high school athletic field in 1929.
This city has a fantastic high school gospel choir and an award-winning
high school culinary arts program.
The city is located near Jones County Junior College in nearby Ellisville.
mystery city is home to the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, which is celebrating
its 90th anniversary this year. The city also has an active Little Theatre
that is located in a former movie theater called the Arabian. The Arabian
was once a part of the historic and grand Hotel Pinehurst, which was torn
down in 1988. A park was built where the hotel once stood.
The city recently built a beautiful new 145-acre sportsplex. In addition,
the area surrounding the city offers abundant outdoor recreational opportunities.
This city has a population of about 18,800 residents. Major employers
include Sanderson Farms, Masonite, South Central Regional Medical Center,
Howard Industries, and Wayne Farms. The city is home to Laurel Oil, Brandon
Petroleum, Petro Harvester Oil and Gas and Denbury. There are many active
wells in the city .
Melvin Mack serves as the city’s first African-American mayor. Mayor
Mack, who is a Jones County Farm Bureau member, has worked to upgrade
the infrastructure of the town and revitalize the downtown area. Downtown
businesses work with the Main Street program to encourage more businesses
to locate there.
Downtown, you will also notice banners paying tribute to the famous artists
who call this city home. The banners have a theme of “Honoring Heritage,
Expecting Greatness.” Famous people from this city include opera
singer Leontyne Price, actor Tom Lester of Green Acres fame, actress Parker
Posey, Olympian Ralph Boston, actor Ray Walston of “My Favorite
Martian” fame, and author and minister James Street.
The relatively low cost of living attracts a good mix of people, including
retirees and young families. The residents of this city are close and
work together for the good of the community. Some special events held
each year include the Loblolly Festival, Chili Cook-off, Blues Bash, and
This city is a certified retirement community, one of only 21 in the state.
It became Mississippi’s first Tree City USA.
Name this town.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for entries is May 30.