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

Historic Downtown Biloxi

 
 
Historic Downtown Biloxi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 28, 2015
1. Historic Downtown Biloxi Marker
Inscription. The development of downtown Biloxi is a direct reflection of the economic growth of the city. During early and mid-19th century homes on small lots and hotels occupied the area. Attracted by the population density, merchants began to establish businesses along what was then the Pass Christian-Point Cadet Road, later called Howard Avenue, and Lameuse Street, concentrating near the beach and its incoming waterborn trade. The advent of the railroad in 1870 shifted economic growth northward toward the tracks. A series of devastating fires in 1889, 1894, 1900, however, destroyed the commercial-residential flavor of the area.

The success of the Biloxi seafood industry during the late 19th century swelled the city's population. The two canning districts, Black Bay and Point Cadet, and the downtown area experienced the greatest population growth. Occurring during pre-automobile days, downtown expansion featured commercial structures on small lots with few parking facilities. The Biloxi Street Railway which connected the downtown area with Point Cadet, Black Bay, the front beach, and western points was the primary form of transportation.

Development of the downtown area during the 20th century reflects the growth of Keesler Air Force Base and a thriving tourist industry. The devastation of Hurricane Camille in 1969 brought
View west from intersection of Howard Avenue and Lameuse Street in 1904. image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 28, 2015
2. View west from intersection of Howard Avenue and Lameuse Street in 1904.
about its reorientation through Urban development and features a banking service center. Architecture is primarily Victorian or Eclectic, exhibiting a variety of imitated styles.
 
Erected by City of Biloxi.
 
Location. 30° 23.593′ N, 88° 53.188′ W. Marker is in Biloxi, Mississippi, in Harrison County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street. and Beach Boulevard (U.S. 90), on the right when traveling south on Main Street.. Touch for map. Located in the Biloxi Town Green. Marker is at or near this postal address: 710 Beach Blvd, Biloxi MS 39530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brielmaier House (within shouting distance of this marker); High Water Mark (within shouting distance of this marker); Chris LeDoux (within shouting distance of this marker); Biloxi City Park & Welcome Sign (within shouting distance of this marker); William Bartram Trail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Biloxi (about 600 feet away); Biloxi City Hall (about 800 feet away); The Magnolia Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Biloxi.
 
Also see . . .  Biloxi Town Green. (Submitted on December 1, 2015.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
View west from intersection of Howard Avenue and Lameuse Street in 2015 image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 28, 2015
3. View west from intersection of Howard Avenue and Lameuse Street in 2015
Redding House, an Early Victorian Home image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 28, 2015
4. Redding House, an Early Victorian Home
Historic Downtown Biloxi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 28, 2015
5. Historic Downtown Biloxi Marker
Building that houses Ellzy's Hardware is the Wicked Witch weather vane.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 1, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 227 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 1, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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