Biloxi is one underrated little city in the state of Mississippi. While there are plenty of hangouts here, such as the Golden Nugget Biloxi, there are plenty of things you may not know about this city. The 2010 U.S. Census recorded a population of 44,054 people, which is not a lot, but enough to make your trip here lively. But, like many little cities in the USA, there are facts about this city that you may not know at all. Here are our top five:
- Biloxi is a constituent of the metropolitan area belonging to both- Gulfport and Biloxi. It also comes under the Mississippi, Gulfport, Pascagoula and Biloxi combined area if we consider the statistics. Today, with hotels like the Golden Nugget Biloxi and Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, this place stands at the third biggest population-wise post-Gulf Port and Jackson in Mississippi. However, because of the washout post-Katrina, the population decreased drastically, pushing it down to the fifth position.
- Biloxi is a treat for beach bums. The famous beachfront here is situated over the Mississippi Sound and has barrier islands distributed across. They go into the coast and then extend up to the Mexico Gulf. Keesler Air Force is also right here in Biloxi and houses the Eighty First Training Wing along with the 403 D Wing of the U.S Air Force Reserve.
- Biloxi also has a fascinating history. The first permanent settlement that took here was at the Fort Maurepas, which is not a part of the Ocean Springs in Mississippi. It is also referred to as the Old Biloxi, and it was in the year 1699 under the direction of Pierre Le Moyne D’lberville. Here, Louisiana is separated from Spanish Florida. The name of Biloxi is also ‘”Bilocci.” Visit this place for its interesting history and stay in any place like Golden Nugget Biloxi to explore everything here.
- While the Mississippi Gulf Coast is unfortunately prone to hurricanes and they are quite an often occurrence here, the worst to hit the coast have been Hurricane Camille and even Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina damaged nearly 40 Mississippi libraries which are today completely beyond repair.
- Biloxi has a humid subtropical climate which is heavily influenced by the Mexico Gulf. Most winter days here are mild and wet. Snow, on the other hand, is quite rare in Biloxi. So, you can plan a trip accordingly.
Some more fun facts about Biloxi:
To just make this even more trivia centric, here are some more facts for you:
- Biloxi is where Neil Simon’s famous play and movie Biloxi Blues was set. It is an army centric story.
- It was in the year 2010, that the O’Keefe Museum of Art opened here.
- Another artistic highlight of this city is in John Grisham novels where you’d heavily find the mention of Biloxi.
- This includes The Summons, The Last Juror and Runaway Jury.
All these fun facts definitely make Biloxi a place that you should visit once in a lifetime.