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See the model trains and town of Possum Ridge all throughout December at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building in Jackson. The site depicts a typical Mississippi railroad town of the 1940s, with an electrified Main Street featuring businesses such as a bank, dry goods stores, newspaper office, and restaurants. There are also houses located off of Main Street, farmsteads, an agricultural airport, and even a river baptism scene. A model of the Panama Limited train runs on a track around the perimeter of the site, and two other trains may be running on other tracks at the same time.

There is no charge to view the trains. Hours are Monday from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Possum Ridge exhibit will be closed on December 7-9, 25, and 26.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History is the second-oldest state department of archives and history in the United States. The department collects, preserves, and provides access to the archival resources of the state, administers various museums and historic sites, and oversees statewide programs for historic preservation, state and local government records management, and publications. The department is headquartered in the state-of-the-art William F. Winter Archives and History Building, located on the corner of North and Amite Streets in downtown Jackson. For more information call 601-576-6850 or email

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