|Dr. Felix Underwood||State Health Officer|
|Mr. W.F. Bond||Director State Board Public Welfare|
|Mr. J. C. Holton||State Commissioner Agriculture|
|Miss Emma Lee Redfearn||Train Secretary|
|Mr. Dennis Murphree||General Chairman, Lieutenant Governor|
The original trip was such a pronounced success that the personnel
of the party voted unanimously to continue the enterprise, which it did
for many years.
Sixteen hundred of Mississippi's best citizens are enthusiastic "alumni" of this recognized statewide institution. The trip made in July 1937 was the thirteenth consecutive Annual Tour for the train. The train had visited in 47 states, seven times to Canada reaching nearly every province and three times into Mexico. It has traveled more than ninety thousand miles or approximately three times around the world.
The "Know Mississippi Better Train" was the longest Pullman Special Train in the world. It was the last word in travel luxury. Nearly all of its cars were Drawing Room and Compartment cars and was air-conditioned. Two air-conditioned dining cars furnished the finest meals available.
Each year a comprehensive exhibit of Mississippi products was carried and shown to multiple thousands of people. Personnel is annually selected with care and only representative citizens are accepted. For the 1937 trip, 300 Mississippians applied for reservations "after" all reservations had been awarded.
"It was one of the most effective messengers of Good Will and a permanent and pronounced success."
Excerpts from Mississippi That Grand Old State of
Mine by R. Roy Coats
Director of the Ole Miss Band 1928-1936.
Written specially for and dedicated to
Ex-Governor Dennis Murphree and the Know Mississippi Better Train