Introduction to Biloxi, Mississippi
Biloxi, Mississippi, in Harrison county, is 77 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana. The city is conveniently located inside the Biloxi-Gulfport-Pascagoula metropolitan area. There are an estimated 50,644 people in Biloxi.
Biloxi was originally inhabited by Native Americans. The area was ruled by the British from 1763 to 1779 and by the Spanish from 1779 to 1798. It became a part of the United States of America in 1811. Biloxi was incorporated in 1838. It derived its name from a Sioux term meaning "first people," The Biloxi Lighthouse was constructed in 1848. Biloxi experienced a catastrophic blow on August 17, 1969 by Hurricane Camille. Hurricane Katrina also devastated the city on August 29, 2005. Biloxi is one of the county seats of Harrison County, which was organized in 1841.
Biloxi and nearby Attractions
- Biloxi Lighthouse
- Mardis Gras Museum
- Jefferson Davis Home
- Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum
- J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium
- Gulf Islands National Seashore
Things To Do In Biloxi
While in Biloxi one can visit the Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis Home and the Biloxi Schooners-Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum. The Biloxi Lighthouse is one of the most picturesque and photographed sites of the area. The Hurricane Camille Memorial and the Hurricane Katrina Memorial are both located in Biloxi’s Town Green as well. Tourists can also spend their leisure hours at the picturesque beaches of Mississippi. The Point Cadet Plaza Shopping Center, Edgewater Plaza Shopping Center, Pops Ferry Shopping Center and the Vieux Marche Mall Shopping Center are some of the local shopping centers.
Gulfport-Biloxi International is the nearest major airport.
Biloxi Higher Education
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, the University of South Alabama and Pearl River Community College are all nearby.