Biloxi in Harrison County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Biloxi City Park & Welcome Sign
—Historic Biloxi —
In 1915, the Biloxi Park Commission elected to advertise the city by erecting an electric sign that could be seen from passing trains. City officials flipped the switch on December 27, 1915, and "BILOXI" was brilliantly introduced to the traveling world. The great arch welcomed Northern tourists called "snowbirds," who found a winter haven in Biloxi, as well as summer tourists seeking the cool breezes of the Gulf of Mexico. The railroad company donated the land to the city of Biloxi in 1916.
The development of highways and the increase in automobile travel resulted in the decrease of passenger train travel. Use of the city park decreased during the years of the Great Depression, and the sign's electricity
Erected 2015 by the City of Biloxi.
Location. 30° 23.582′ N, 88° 53.146′ W. Marker is in Biloxi, Mississippi, in Harrison County. Marker is at the intersection of Beach Boulevard (U.S. 90) and Main Street, on the right when traveling west on Beach Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 133 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi MS 39530, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chris LeDoux (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Downtown Biloxi Walking Tour (within shouting distance of this marker); High Water Mark (within shouting distance of this marker); Brielmaier House (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Downtown Biloxi (within shouting distance of this marker); William Bartram Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Biloxi (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Biloxi City Hall (approx. 0.2 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 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 73 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 25, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.