Biloxi City Park & Welcome Sign Historical

Biloxi City Park & Welcome Sign Historical (HM1XHB)

Location: Biloxi, MS 39530 Harrison County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 23.582', W 88° 53.146'

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—Historic Biloxi —

This Biloxi welcome arch originally stood at the northeast entrance of Biloxi's old City Park, which was on the northwest corner of Reynoir Street and south of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad depot. The Biloxi Commercial Club and the City of Biloxi worked together to create the park, which opened in 1911 on the land leased from the railroad company. The park was a hub of activity throughout the early 20th Century Band concerts, political rallies, and patriotic celebrations were enjoyed by the public and the park was open to private and organizational picnics, dances, and other social gatherings.

In 1915, the Biloxi Park Commission elected to advertise the city by erecting an
electric sign that could be seen from passing trains. City officials flipped the switch
on December 27, 1915, and "BILOXI" was brilliantly introduced to the traveling world. The great arch welcomed Northern tourists called "snowbirds," who found a winter haven in Biloxi, as well as summer tourists seeking the cool breezes of the Gulf of Mexico. The railroad company donated the land to the city of Biloxi in 1916.

The development of highways and the increase in automobile travel resulted in the
decrease of passenger train travel. Use of the city park decreased during the years of the Great Depression, and the sign's electricity
was finally disconnected. The city sold the park property in 1965, and the arch stood derelict. In 2000, the arch was moved to the Town Green where it welcomes new generations of travelers.
Year Placed2015
Placed ByThe City of Biloxi
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 318827 N 3363846
Decimal Degrees30.39303333, -88.88576667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 23.582', W 88° 53.146'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 23' 34.92" N, 88° 53' 8.76" W
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Area Code(s)228
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-105 Main St, Biloxi MS 39530, US
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