Mississippi Streets: 1930s Biloxi

Biloxi combines the alluring atmosphere of the Old South with the spirit of the new in a charming four-season resort. Nestling among moss-draped oaks that grow along an irregular peninsular shore-line, the city looks out open the blue waters of the Mississippi Sound. In its interesting history seven flags at different times have flown over the destinies of Biloxi. "The Hell Hole, bars, bars, bars,"

Biloxi combines the alluring atmosphere of the Old South with the spirit of the new in a charming four-season resort. Nestling among moss-draped oaks that grow along an irregular peninsular shore-line, the city looks out open the blue waters of the Mississippi Sound. In its interesting history seven flags at different times have flown over the destinies of Biloxi. Handwritten note: “The Hell Hole, bars, bars, bars,”

Same view April 2013, courtesy Google Streetview.


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  1. I hope that the Google Street View is from a Sunday, because that is one of the most bleak, lifeless streets, even though it looks somewhat similar (as far as the buildings) to the 1930s postcard.

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    • It might be a weekend. Ellzey’s hardware has a closed sign in their window and they are only open weekdays. Nowadays the postcard’s hand written note would read ““The Hell Hole, Lawyers, Lawyers, Lawyers,”

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  2. The downtown received the “mall” treatment in the 1970s, courtesy of Urban Renewal money from the feds, and was renamed the Vieux Marche: https://www.apps.mdah.ms.gov/nom/dist/4.pdf

    Although the “mall” was removed in the 1990s, the one-way street pattern remains and seems to serve primarily to cut the downtown off from everyone’s daily lives.

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