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

Which Newton County town sits in the bend of a 27-mile-long river with the same name? Read the clues and make your guess.

Our mystery town takes its name from a Native American gaming ground called Chanki Chitto, where Choctaws played games and held fall festivals.  The town began to form where the A&V (Alabama and Vicksburg) railroad was being built. The railroad was completed around 1850-1852. In the 1890s, the lumber industry moved into the area, bringing with it large mills and related businesses. Our mystery town was incorporated in 1901. At its largest, the town had some 450 to 550 residents.

History reflects that the Jackson Military Road passed near our mystery town in 1816. During the Civil War, there were several skirmishes in the area, and a local unit was organized to fight on behalf of the Confederates. In 1900, the town experienced a damaging flood.

Today, the town boasts a population of approximately 320 residents. Home Infusion operates a billing service here, and you will find a post office, town hall and volunteer fire department. The town is served by the Newton County School District. There are Baptist and Methodist churches.

  The Kansas City Southern Railroad passes through our mystery town many times a week, crossing the river west of town on a trestle known locally as “break down.” It was on this site in 1863 that the trestle collapsed under a trainload of Confederate soldiers. The First Choctaw Battalion, stationed nearby, helped with rescue efforts.

A portion of the river near our mystery town was designated a scenic river by the Mississippi Legislature in 2003. The river is part of a statewide program for protection of the most scenic and least-altered waterways in Mississippi.

Located on the river are a 60-year-old fish house and a recreational park and trading post. The restaurant is open Thursday through Sunday and serves U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish, Gulf oysters and shrimp and other locally grown foods. Each year, the restaurant hosts a river raft race and festival in June. For more information, visit the Facebook page or call (601) 655-8311. 

The recreational park/trading post rents 25 campsites and a pavilion on the river. No primitive sites are available. You will find a bathhouse as well as a small store that sells bait and snack foods. For more information, call (601) 480-3045 or visit the website or Facebook page. The trading post is also home to the Signs of Faith woodshop and offers other handmade items, sewing and monogramming.

A canoe and kayak rental business, operated by Steve and Tanya Purvis, offers float trips seven days a week, from May 1 through Oct. 31.  For more information, call (601) 616-1616.

One mile north of town, you will find Lazy Acres Plantation, a multi-seasonal agritourism business. See the related article inside this issue of our magazine.

Name our mystery 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

Deadline for entries is January 31.


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