Having pulled out of Vicksburg, we traveled south catching up with US 90 and then
east toward Biloxi. We stopped at the Casino Magic RV campground in Bay St. Lewis.
For the next several days we would travel up and down the coast checking out the Casinos, there are 13 of them, but more on that later. The first and most interesting of all items in this area is "Yes Virginia, there is a beach in Biloxi", Twenty eight miles of it, all man made and perfect in every respect, complete with planted grasses, trees and birds, with US 90 running the full 28 miles as a buffer between the beach and the beautiful antebellum and Greek revivalist pre-civil war summer homes, as this area was the place to be prior to the war. Much of its wealth dissipated with the rest of the South during reconstruction. But now with its pristine beach beckoning to the masses of sun lovers, the tourist industry is quickly surpassing everything else in the area; as is evident by the elegant restaurants that populate the coast line such as Chimney's where the waitress' are so efficient, they even take your picture on the balcony overlooking the Gulf. The coast line at Biloxi, which is the largest and center of the Gulf coast region, is marked by the famous Biloxi light house. This beauteous landmark is now locked in the median strip between the east and west bound lanes of US 90. It is dominated by the Casinos, with each trying to outdo the other in the continual competition for the gambling dollars that flow in from the locals and tourists desiring the gaming life. Supporting this activity, are a number of other activities such as amusement parks, golf courses and the Marine Life Oceanarium, which maintains a large variety of marine life that is on display along with a show in three parts, Dolphins, sea lion training, and a scuba diver in a reef tank containing turtles and a saw nose shark. Now, ask any died-in-the-wool Mississippian, "Who was Jefferson Davis", and you will most assuredly get an instant answer that he was the "First President of the Confederacy", of course he was also the last, and only President. Although born in Kentucky, he moved to Mississippi when he was three. He grew, married and practiced law in Natchez, (see the web-pages for Natchez). At the creation of the Confederate States of America, he was elected as the first president and held office until the demise of the Confederacy in 1865. Jefferson Davis was incarcerated for many months after the war then released. He has the distinction of being the only person denied citizenship back into the Union after the war, and died as "a man without a country". His relationship to the Gulf coast, is that after the war, he and his family were accepted as guests at the summer home known as Beauvior located just outside Biloxi, on US 90. With all his children dying early, he lived on at Beauvior to write The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government" which his wife, Varina, inscribed as he told it. He often would sit in the extended garden in the rear of the property which is bordered by a bayou. After his death and with Beauvoir now owned by Davis' his wife deeded the house and grounds as a retirement home for Confederate soldiers and their wives, for as long as was necessary and then to be converted into a shrine to her husband, for which it stands today. A cemetery in the rear contains over 800 graves of those who spent their last days at the home.