Biloxi in Harrison County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Back Bay Factories
—Historic Biloxi —
Some Back Bay factories recruited seasonal workers from Baltimore to supplement
Increased demand for Gulf seafood enticed others to invest in canneries. Over time, new factories were built, and some older established factories changed owners and acquired new names. The 1922 Biloxi city directory shows 20 Back Bay canneries along the Bay from Caillavet Street to the eastern extremity of Bayview Avenue. These were interspersed with small raw stock fish and oyster businesses. Each of the largest companies owned a fleet of boats and provided housing for their laborers. In 1934, the Biloxi Canning Company owned 49 boats and employed 200 boatmen and 300 factory workers. An early newspaper article called the company "the Old Pioneer" because from that first factory sprang Biloxi's chief industry. In time, the company proved to be the longest operating of the Back Bay factories.
Erected 2015 by the City of Biloxi.
Location. 30° 24.673′ N, 88° 53.324′ W. Marker is in Biloxi, Mississippi, in Harrison County. Marker is at the intersection of Bayview Avenue and Porter Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Bayview Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 461 Porter Avenue, Biloxi MS 39530, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Brick House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pleasant Reed House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Biloxi Blues (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Crossing (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Land and Legend of the Cross (approx. 0.8 miles away); Cathedral of the Nativity (B.V.M.) (approx. one mile away); Downtown Biloxi (approx. one mile away); Harvey's Hill (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Biloxi.
Also see . . . The Seafood Industry in Biloxi: Its Early History, 1848-1930. (Submitted on March 25, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 25, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.