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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mississippi Travel Game!

This find from The Clarion-Ledger, dated June 2, 1963, demonstrated what Mississippi had to offer travel-wise during the 60’s, but in a really creative, fun way: “Tour Mississippi Travel Game”!  Mississippians were encouraged to write to The Clarion-Ledger to receive a reproduction of this game on “heavier and more permanent paper.”  You had to be quick because the numbers of productions were limited!

The object of the game was to get to the finish line before your competitors (like most board games), but you’d also become familiarized with the cities, landmarks, and other destinations in Mississippi!  The images on the bottom left could be cut out and used as each player’s game piece.  There were no dice involved in the playing of this game.  According to the directions below the angular Mississippi state outline, you were to “hold [the] pencil about 6 inches above [the] map – close eyes and lower [the] pencil point – move number [of] spaces indicated.”  This game is very simple, but I couldn’t imagine how long it would take if the pencil fell everywhere BUT on the indicated number blocks.  We wonder if there were a lot of players who magically landed on 9 every time!

Are you touring Mississippi this summer?  Or maybe you visited an area or landmark and would like to know more about it!  Contact us with your questions, or come and visit our beautiful building!  We’d love to have you!

“Tour Mississippi Travel Game.” The Clarion-Ledger [Jackson] 2 June 1963, CXXV ed., sec. B: 9. Microfilm. Jackson Mississippi Clarion-Ledger 1963.

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