Imagine a place where dinosaurs, mammoths, and other prehistoric creatures roamed the earth. Can you picture them inhabiting our modern cities and towering metropolises? That was the case in Jackson, Mississippi! Years and years ago, our Southern city was actually the home of a burning mountain more commonly known as the Jackson Volcano. Since its last eruption during the Cretaceous Period, this well-kept secret has been dormant for millions of years and sits 2,900 feet beneath the city’s surface. Although there is no visible site preserving the fire-breathing hill, there’s still plenty to learn about this geological structure. Here are a few insights and facts.
While you are planning your trip to Mississippi, request a free copy of our Vacation Guide to the Deep South. The guide lists our recommendations for historic sites like the Jackson Volcano as well as local restaurants, day trips from Jackson, entertainment venues, and local attractions. It also includes detailed descriptions of the guest rooms and suites at the beautiful Fairview Inn!
Here Is Everything You Need to Know About the Jackson Volcano
First discovered in the early 1800s, the Jackson Volcano has had many theories and speculations about its exact history and age. Instead of believing the rumors, find out the facts about this prehistoric feature.
Even though the Jackson Volcano has been extinct for millions of years, it’s still creating lasting effects on the Mississippi landscape. For instance, there have been theories about the Alligator Pond in Leroy Percy State Park and its year-round temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s because of the Jackson Volcano!
The majority of the 420-mile Jackson Volcano sits underneath the Mississippi Coliseum. You can’t see the volcano, but massive amounts of carbon dioxide bottled beneath this entertainment venue prove its existence. It is a constant reminder of what used to be from days long gone. Today, this spectacular arena hosts an array of conferences, livestock shows, rodeos, basketball games, trades shows, and much more.
More Than Just Jackson
Scientists believe there are two volcanic islands in our state: including the Jackson Volcano and one in Midnight. If you venture out to Midnight, MS, you’ll know this small, unincorporated community sits atop another dormant volcano from the same prehistoric period.
These fiery mountains do not only exist in Mississippi but also in several places across the country. Other volcanoes burrowed underneath cities include Mount Tabor in Portland, OR, Pilot Butte in Bend, OR, and Diamond Head in Honolulu, HI.
Book Your Stay at Fairview Inn
After learning about the Jackson Volcano, reflect on your day at Fairview Inn. Each of our beautifully restored guest rooms offers comfortable bedding and exudes a luxurious atmosphere. We invite you to browse our accommodations and handpick the perfect room for your vacation.
If you’re looking for the perfect place to unwind, indulge in the relaxing atmosphere of the Nomispa, our in-house oasis. We suggest booking a hot stone massage and feeling the healing comforts it’ll bring. Then make reservations at 1908 Provisions or the Library Lounge. After all, nothing completes a vacation quite like incredible Southern cuisine! Here at the Fairview Inn, our guests enjoy delicious food, relaxation, and a close proximity to the best downtown Jackson, MS, attractions. We look forward to having you!
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