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Gulf Coast - Mississippi

Along Highway 90-Beach Boulevard along the coast are numerous casinos, especially in the Biloxi area that we visited. Mississippi is one of the top gaming destinations in the country.

The newest and the biggest is the Beau Rivage. By big, we mean big. Featuring upscale stores, a spa, 13 restaurants, almost 1,800 hotel rooms, the 32-story Beau Rivage is the biggest one-time commercial investment ever in the state
($650 million). Owned by Mirage Resorts, we visited several of their casinos in Las Vegas during 1999, including the Mirage, Golden Nugget, and Bellagio. The casino also
contains a marina that can even accommodate 200-foot yachts.

Mardi Gras Museum
The Mardi Gras Museum is awaiting restoration. It was located in the old Magnolia Hotel prior to being destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The first local "Fat Tuesday" parade celebration began in
1908, with the rowdy procession led by a live white steer. Exhibits highlight the costumes and the celebration of the annual coast celebration.

Built during the steamboat era in 1847 by John Hohn, the Magnolia Hotel had the distinction of being the oldest running hotel on the coast. The above image is a description of the Magnolia Hotel that appeared in 1850.

Saenger Theater
Just north of here on Reynoir Street, don't miss seeing the Saenger Theater. Built in 1929 for early sound movies and vaudeville, it now serves as a performing arts center. For tour information - email

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