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(bĭlŭk`sē), city (1990 pop. 46,319), Harrison co., SE Miss., on a peninsula between Biloxi Bay and Mississippi Sound, on the Gulf of Mexico; inc. as a town 1838, as a city 1896. Industries here include fishing and boatbuilding, the packing and shipping of shrimp and oysters, and several small manufactures. Beginning in 1990, casinos made Biloxi, long a beach resort, the center of a gambling boom district (which includes neighboring GulfportGulfport,
city (1990 pop. 40,775), seat of Harrison co., SE Miss., a port on Mississippi Sound, the Gulf of Mexico, in a resort area; inc. 1898. A port of entry, it receives large shipments of bananas.
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), with thousands of new hotel rooms.

The French established the first European settlement in the lower Mississippi valley in 1699 across the bay at Old Biloxi (now Ocean Springs). New Biloxi, founded in 1719, was the capital of French Louisiana until 1722, when New OrleansNew Orleans
, city (2006 pop. 187,525), coextensive with Orleans parish, SE La., between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, 107 mi (172 km) by water from the river mouth; founded 1718 by the sieur de Bienville, inc. 1805.
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 replaced it. Hurricane Camille wrecked the city's waterfront in 1969, and Katrina caused even greater devastation in 2005. Keesler Air Force Base and "Beauvoir" (built 1852–54), the last home of Jefferson DavisDavis, Jefferson,
1808–89, American statesman, President of the Southern Confederacy, b. Fairview, near Elkton, Ky. His birthday was June 3. Early Life

Davis's parents moved to Mississippi when he was a boy.
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, are here, as is Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, designed by Frank GehryGehry, Frank Owen
, 1929–, American architect, b. Toronto, Ont., as Frank Owen Goldberg. He is widely considered one of the finest and most artful of contemporary architects. In 1947, Gehry's family moved to Los Angeles, where he attended the Univ.
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. Off the coast are the western islands of Gulf Islands National Seashore, including Ship Island, a Union fort during the Civil War.

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After honeymooning in Cancun, Mexico, the couple is at home in Biloxi.
Along with the renovations and expansions, Margaritaville Biloxi will re-engineer the existing marina to provide more enhanced and secured overnight docking accommodations, as well as developing a one-of-a-kind bay-front resort pool and pool bar with outdoor gaming.
With the East Biloxi landscape wiped clean, casino corporations, developers and the city government had a vision to create a "better" Biloxi.
The book contains stories, drawings and paintings done by children in Biloxi, in which they share their experiences of the devastating Hurricane Katrina.
Katrina crashed through the heart of East Biloxi on a 30-foot surge, destroying about 3,500 of Biloxi's homes--perhaps 70 percent of the housing, where almost all of the households lived significantly below U.
As Biloxi managers look ahead, they naturally focus on future challenges.
NYSE: HOT) announces the grand opening of Four Points by Sheraton Biloxi Beach Boulevard is scheduled for Thursday, July 1, 2010.
DALLAS, May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), a non-profit organization launched in 2007 to transform math and science education in the United States, announced today that its highly successful Advanced Placement* (AP) program for military families is being expanded this fall to Biloxi High School near Kessler Air Force Base, thanks to a grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR).
But if it's a view of Biloxi's history and natural assets you want, sign up for a tour of the Biloxi Lighthouse.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc (NYSE: HOT), a US-based hotel company, has announced opening of Four Points by Sheraton Biloxi Beach Boulevard (the hotel) on July 1, 2010.
Beyond New Orleans and its surrounding communities, the Vietnamese have also been uprooted from Gulf Port, Louisiana; Bayou Labatre, Alabama; and Biloxi, Mississippi.
For four days, an Antelope Valley Hospital emergency-room physician has accompanied an 80-man search team in Biloxi, Miss.