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Keeping Mississippi in Tall Cotton

The soil rich Mississippi Delta helped to make the state the cotton capital of the world, but it was expansion of the railroad that bears primary responsibility for the dramatic expansion of the cotton kingdom in Mississippi.  Early cotton growers relied on steamboats to move their cotton to market, but it was the railroad which allowed inland cotton to be brought to market more efficiently. Today, railroads move commodities like chemicals, metal products and plastics helping keep Mississippi in tall cotton.