After leaving Gulf Shores, we made a brief stay in Mississippi.
Pass Christian We decided to take a drive along the Gulf on Route 90. The first town we entered was Pass Christian. This is a quiet town with lovely southern style homes running parallel to the Gulf. It is a quiet town, but would be a great place for a weekend getaway. It has a marina and some cute downtown stores too. Honestly, I could just walk along the beautiful homes for hours. They sit one after another with broad porches drawing you in.
Gulfport As we traveled East on 90, we came to Gulfport. The water along Mississippi is so calm due to the barrier islands that break up the little surf that the Gulf has. The beach is deep and flat and runs right up to a sidewalk/bike path and then Route 90. The 26 or so miles of beach in this area are the longest continuous man-made stretch of beach in the world, according to one of our guides. Gulfport is a much larger port area, as the name would lead you to believe. Here is a shot from a pier, looking back at the coast. It shows Gulfport on the far left and Biloxi on the far right.
Biloxi Our final destination was Biloxi. Biloxi is known for its casinos, but that is not why we came. We came to visit Beauvoir, the final home of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America. Jefferson Davis was a hero to so many, and he truly was an admirable gentleman. And yet, I can’t say that I learned much about him. He had so many well-respected men fighting with him, that I think he is maybe overshadowed a bit by the likes of General Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, James Longstreet and other larger-than-life southern leaders of the Civil War. That is about to change for me and for you, reader. If you are interested, I am working on an entire post devoted to the life of Jefferson Davis as learned from a visit to Beauvoir. It is in progress, but I will post it soon.
In addition to Beauvoir, the grounds include the presidential library and museum and a confederate cemetery. A visit includes access to all of the buildings on the grounds and a guided tour of Beauvoir. Beauvoir sits along Route 90 overlooking the Gulf.
Hurricane Katrina Although ten years after the fact, you cannot travel along the Mississippi coast without noticing the changes that Katrina caused. There are so many beautiful homes along the coast that you can see the signs of refinishing, and these homes are interspersed with empty lots where small fragments such as exterior stoops or foundation pads of prior homes still remain. Even Beauvoir had photos of its damage from Katrina. At one of the piers near Biloxi, the watermarks from Katrina and other hurricanes are recorded. These areas saw a storm surge of over 25 feet and everything within the first half mile of the coast was destroyed.
While our stop in Mississippi was brief, we had the chance to visit Beauvoir, see the effects of Katrina even 10 years later, and experience the feel of Mississippi’s flat, calm Gulf coast for mile after mile. These experiences gave us a good feel for an authentic experience of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.
Looking for more about Mississippi? We took our nine month anniversary video while staying in Mississippi and discussed our experience a little more. Check it out here!