October 17, 1941: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers breaks ground for Mississippi Ordnance Plant

The plant was completed near Flora in July 1942. It covered almost 7,000 acres and employed over 850 personnel. Operations did not begin until May 1945, and it closed in August 1945.

Image:  This shovel was used during the ground breaking for the Mississippi Ordnance Plant near Flora.

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