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Biloxi in Harrison County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Biloxi City Park & Welcome Sign

 

—Historic Biloxi —

 
Biloxi City Park & Welcome Sign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
1. Biloxi City Park & Welcome Sign Marker
Inscription. This Biloxi welcome arch originally stood at the northeast entrance of Biloxi's old City Park, which was on the northwest corner of Reynoir Street and south of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad depot. The Biloxi Commercial Club and the City of Biloxi worked together to create the park, which opened in 1911 on the land leased from the railroad company. The park was a hub of activity throughout the early 20th Century Band concerts, political rallies, and patriotic celebrations were enjoyed by the public and the park was open to private and organizational picnics, dances, and other social gatherings.

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
Biloxi Welcome Sign & the marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
2. Biloxi Welcome Sign & the marker.
was finally disconnected. The city sold the park property in 1965, and the arch stood derelict. In 2000, the arch was moved to the Town Green where it welcomes new generations of travelers.
 
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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View of Biloxi sign from rear, looking towards Glennan Park & the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
3. View of Biloxi sign from rear, looking towards Glennan Park & the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor.
Plaque in the sidewalk below the "Biloxi" sign. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
4. Plaque in the sidewalk below the "Biloxi" sign.
 
 
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.
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