Coast - Mississippi
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
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
($650 million). Owned by Mirage Resorts, we visited several of their casinos
Las Vegas during 1999, including the Mirage, Golden Nugget, and Bellagio. The
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
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.
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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