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Pictorial History: Mississippi Agriculture and Industry, Arranged by Mississippi W.P.A. Historical Research Project.

Top left: "The Mississippi. Built in 1834 the Mississippi is the South's oldest existing railway engine. It was first operated between Natchez and Hamburg during 1836-37-38. Later it was acquired by the Grand Gulf and Port Gibson R.R. and was used by both Confederate and Federal forces at Vicksburg; then it went to the Miss. Valley & Ship Island R.R. which is now a part of the Y.&M.V.R.R. of the I.C. System. Sometime after 1873 it was derailed and run into a mud bank. In 1880 it was salvaged and was put back into service by a lumber company. It was again acquired by the I.C. System in 1891, when it was reconditioned it went under its own power to the Chicago Worlds Fair in 1893. Regarded as a curiosity it is now only used for exhibition; it burned wood; weighs 7 tons; has 43 inch drivers and has 4821 pounds tractive power." Top right: "In the parlance of the hill country the boy on the mule has been to the grist mill for a 'spell' of corn meal. The mule continues to prove desirable as motive power in transportation." Center left: "Above: George County. Ox teams are still being used in the lumber industry. Logging in inaccesible places and loading motor trucks as shown are some of the uses to which they are put." Center right: "Below: This conveyance, horse drawn, was in past years the means of passengers travelling to the railway station to 'downtown Kosciusko (Atalla County) until the advent of the automobile. Side saddles, too, were popular." Bottom left: "Below: the high wheeled ox cart in use in Hancock County employs oxen as draft animals." Bottom right: "Below: Dr. John J. Bethea, Hattiesburg, who is shown standing in front of his new horseless carriage (that he had just received from New Orleans) a 1901 model Holman. It was neither fast nor sure, but solid steel tires were blow-out and puncture proof, and while it might balk before starting it wouldn't run away."

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