20 Facts About Biloxi


Biloxi is a city in and one of two county seats of Harrison County, Mississippi, United States.

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Post-Katrina, the population of Biloxi decreased, and it became the fifth-largest city in the state, being surpassed by Hattiesburg and Southaven.

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In 1811, the US traded with Spain to take over Biloxi and related area, making it part of their Mississippi Territory.

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Biloxi Lighthouse was built in Baltimore, Maryland, and shipped south, where it was completed at the site in May 1848.

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The Biloxi economy boomed as a result, attracting new residents and businesses.

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In 1959 Biloxi was the site of "Mississippi's first public assault on racial barriers in its 15-year civil rights struggle".

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Gilbert R Mason, a black physician in Biloxi, went swimming at a local beach with seven black friends.

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Biloxi hotels upgraded their amenities and hired chefs from France and Switzerland in an effort to provide some of the best seafood cuisine in the country.

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Scores of hurricanes have hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast, but the most destructive, as measured by storm surge levels in the Biloxi Lighthouse, occurred in 1855,1906,1909,1947,1969, and 2005.

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Biloxi is the site of a well-known memorial to Katrina victims.

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Meanwhile, the city of Biloxi is rapidly implementing plans to allow the redevelopment of commercial properties south of Highway 90.

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Biloxi is located in southeastern Harrison County, bordered to the south by Mississippi Sound and to the northeast partially by Biloxi Bay, which forms part of the Jackson County line.

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Biloxi is bordered to the north and east by the city of D'Iberville and to the west by the city of Gulfport.

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Biloxi has a humid subtropical climate that is heavily influenced by the Gulf of Mexico.

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In 2009 members of the Vietnamese community in Biloxi said that Vietnamese were coming back to Biloxi due to a poor economic scenario in other parts of the United States.

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Biloxi is home to eight casino resort hotels, with 24-hour gambling, concert entertainment shows, and several restaurants.

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Biloxi was the host city of the 2009 Women's World Military Cup.

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Bolton State Office Building in Biloxi includes the headquarters of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the South Regional Office of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

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Biloxi has one daily newspaper, the Sun Herald, which is headquartered in nearby Gulfport.

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Biloxi is served by the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in Gulfport.

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