Mississippi by Air: Biloxi Waterfront Before Casinos

I’m not sure of the date of this postcard, but it’s after 1964, when St. Michael’s landmark shell roof took its place on the landscape and probably before Hurricane Camille in 1969. Maybe a Biloxian will be able to tell us.

The picturesque eastern top of the Biloxi peninsula lies between Back Bay Biloxi and the Gulf of Mexico. Shrimp and oyster boats dock before beautiful St. Michael's Church which echoes the sea in its shell-like dome and the fish-and-nets motif of its stained glass windows. Biloxi, Miss.

The picturesque eastern top of the Biloxi peninsula lies between Back Bay Biloxi and the Gulf of Mexico. Shrimp and oyster boats dock before beautiful St. Michael’s Church which echoes the sea in its shell-like dome and the fish-and-nets motif of its stained glass windows. Biloxi, Miss.



Categories: Biloxi, Churches, Gulf Coast, Historic Landscapes

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  1. Well call me Ishmael. Stunning. From the days when towns and cities had a relationship to the sea. I’m reminded of the photographs of the Manhattan waterfront before it lost all of its teeth. How much richer culturally were both places then.

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  2. This has to be before Camille. That accretion of rust-covered warehouses and docks couldn’t have happened quickly.

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  3. St. Michael Catholic Church was dedicated in August of 1964. In October of 1966 the Times Picayune did a dedicated their Sunday Dixie Magazine to St. Michael Catholic Church. This same post card picture was used in the inside of the magazine. Also in this picture is the steeple of the old 1908 St. Michael Church. This church burned in the late 1960s. This picture was most likely taken in late 1964 or 1965.
    Edmond Boudreaux
    Administrative Vice President
    Mississippi Coast Historical & Genealogical Society

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  4. My daughter Mitzi was baptized at St. Michael’s Catholic around 8/15/64. She was born on 8/8/64.

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  5. Beautiful memories before too much progress. Miss this. Rarely drive down beach anymore—too Las Vegas style.

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  6. Are those piles of oyster shells close to the highway near the tin sheds?

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