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Hancock County, Mississippi

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  • Eliza Jane Nicholson (1843 - 1896)
    Eliza Jane Poitevent Holbrook Nicholson (1843–1896), who wrote under the nom de plume Pearl Rivers, was a Pearl Rivers (pen name of Eliza Jane Nicholson; formerly Holbrook; née Poitevent; March 11, 1...
  • Pvt. (CSA), Elijah Ladner (1825 - 1915)
    Photo & bio credit: Don Ladner at Find A Gravewas the fifth child of Carlos Ladner and Anna Rester. The Ladner family lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.In the American Civil War (War Between the Stat...
  • Pvt. Alexander Ladner, CSA (1839 - 1909)
    Alexander Ladner served in Company B, 7th Battalion, Mississippi Infantry in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.Ladner, Alexander BATTLE UNIT NAME: 7th Battalion, Mississippi Infantry S...
  • Pvt. Charles Carlos Ladner, Jr., (CSA) (1819 - 1880)
    Ladner, C. BATTLE UNIT NAME: 17th Battalion, Mississippi Cavalry SIDE: Confederacy COMPANY: BSOLDIER'S RANK IN: Private SOLDIER'S RANK OUT: Private ALTERNATE NAME: FILM NUMBER: M232 ROLL 23 PLAQUE NUMB...

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This area of Mississippi was inhabited by indigenous peoples at the time of European colonization; the French were the first settlers and traders in the area. They imported African slaves as laborers, and in time a Creole class of free people of color developed.

After the United States conducted Indian Removal in the 1830s, more Protestant Americans migrated into this area, but it retained French and African Catholic influences. The area is home to the John C. Stennis Space Center, NASA's largest rocket engine test facility.

In 2005, the county was the scene of the final landfall of the eye of Hurricane Katrina, and its communities and infrastructure suffered some of the most intense damage inflicted by that storm. Over the entire 7-mile beach front, not one building or home was left intact. Nearly the entire first block off the beach was destroyed for the entire 7-mile stretch.

Homes as far inland as 10 miles were flooded by the historic storm surge, which occurred during a full moon high tide. All rivers and waterways were inundated by the surge. Highway 603 south from Interstate 10 was completely submerged, and the Highway 90 - Bay St. Louis Bridge was left looking like a stack of dominoes.

Houses were floated off their foundations. In Waveland and Bay St. Louis, some homes were stranded atop the railroad tracks and others in the middle of streets. Towns like Pearlington, Waveland, Bay St. Louis, Diamondhead, and Kiln suffered catastrophic damage.

Adjacent Counties & Parishes

Cities & Communities

  • Ansley
  • Bay St. Louis (County Seat)
  • Clermont Harbor
  • Diamondhead
  • Kiln
  • Lakeshore
  • Napoleon
  • Pearlington
  • Shoreline Park
  • Waveland



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Stennis Space Center

Bay St. Louis-5 Years After Katrina

Bay St. Louis-10 Years After Katrina