Biloxi in Harrison County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
—Historic Biloxi —
Point Cadet was sparsely populated until the establishment of Biloxi's seafood industry. The Point's first shrimp and oyster cannery opened in 1882 and was quickly followed by others. Factory owners transported seasonal workers called "Bohemians" from Baltimore. Croatian immigrants and Acadian French from southwest Louisiana also came. These workers were housed in company owned c.c. camps." Point Cadet grew rapidly and soon resembled a small town with homes, schools businesses, churches, and a branch post office. Croatian and French workers, many melded through marriage, moved beyond the camps and became the main inhabitants of Point Cadet and dominated the seafood industry. From the Point's western boundary, antebellum homes stood along the north side of the beach road to Oak Street.
During the 1960s, new technologies in cold storage and freezing eliminated the need for dockside canneries. The 20-foot storm surge of Hurricane Camille in 1969 destroyed homes, businesses, and the few remaining factories. The last three decades of the 20th century were a time of further change and transition. The fall of Saigon in 1975 brought Vietnamese refugees, mostly fishermen, to add to the Point's ethnicity. Development in the 1980s focused on historical and marine educational attractions and a 280-slip marina, Point Cadet Marina. The lsle of Capri, Biloxi's first dock side casino, opened at Point Cadet in 1992. By 1994, the majority of the city's dockside casinos and their attached hotels lined the beachfront where seafood canneries once stood.
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina changed the face of Point Cadet. The 32-foot storm surge came from all three sides of the Point and totally destroyed or heavily damaged 90% of the structures.
Left Middle: The Tullis-Toledano Manor, built circa 1854, stood on the beachfront at the western boundary of Point Cadet. When the City of Biloxi acquired the property in 1975, it became a tourist attraction and a setting for special events. Hurricane Katrina destroyed the structure
Middle bottom: By 1903, the Lopez and Dukate Company was known to be the largest cannery firm of its kind in the world. It could handle 4,000 barrels of oysters a day.
Top right: The U.S. Coast Guard Air Station stood on the eastern end of Point Cadet from 1934 to 1947. The pilots saved many lives through their search and rescue missions and operated extensive anti-submarine patrols during WWII. Credit: Randazzo Collection
Bottom right: This late 1960s photograph shows docked shrimp boats with St. Michael Catholic Church in the background. Known as the "Fishermen's Church," it was built by Point Cadet's fishing families in 1964. Credit: Biloxi Public Library
Erected 2015 by the City of Biloxi.
Location. 30° 23.626′ N, 88° 51.511′ W. Marker is in Biloxi, Mississippi, in Harrison County. Marker is at the intersection of Cadet Street and East 1st Street, on the right when traveling north on Cadet Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 121 Cadet Street, Biloxi MS 39530, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Coast Guard Station Barracks (a few steps from this marker); Slavic Benevolent Association (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tullis-Toledano House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Deer Island Coastal Preserve (approx. ¾ mile away); Biloxi's Famous Schooner Races (approx. ¾ mile away); Tivoli Hotel (approx. 0.9 miles away); Birthplace of Barq's (approx. 1.2 miles away); Debuys-Hermann-Keller House (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Biloxi.
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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 168 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 25, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.