Mississippi: Elvis was born here. Today it is still famous for music but the night life and beaches in the Biloxi / Gulfport area is bringing in most of the tourists.
Internet Links attempt to provide you with links to area highlights in Biloxi, Ocean Springs where the history of Biloxi , spans more than 300 years, the first permanent settlement in French Louisiana was founded at Fort Maurepas, now in Ocean Springs, Mississippi and referred to as Old Biloxi, in 1699 under the direction of Pierre Le Moyne d`Iberville, with Louisiana separated from Spanish Florida at the Perdido River near Pensacola (founded 1559 and again in 1698) and Ocean Springs was severely damaged on August 29, 2005, by Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed many buildings along the shoreline, including the Ocean Springs Yacht Club, and the historic wooden Fort Maurepas, and gutted or flooded other buildings. Katrina`s 25 ft (7.6 m) storm surge also destroyed the Biloxi Bay Bridge, which connected Biloxi to Ocean Springs, or Bay St Louis, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Laurel where Bay St Louis is notable for being the highest point on the entire Gulf of Mexico coastline (approx. 12 feet), its pristine beaches, and esteemed restaurants and Gulfport evolved into a diversified city. With about 6.7 miles (10.7 kilometers) of white sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, Gulfport has become a tourism destination, due in large part to Mississippi's Coast Casinos where Gulfport has hosted many popular cultural events such as the "World`s Largest Fishing Rodeo", "Cruisin` the Coast" (a week of classic cars), and "Smokin` the Sound" (speedboat races) and the region around Hattiesburg was involved in the nuclear arms race of the Cold War. In the 1960`s, two nuclear devices were detonated in the salt domes near Lumberton, Mississippi, about 28 miles southwest of Hattiesburg. Extensive follow-up of the area by the EPA has not revealed levels of nuclear contamination in the area that would be harmful to humans and in Laurel there has been a steady influx of Hispanic migrant labor in the last few years where companies in the area tend to recruit foreign workers due to the benefits of the federal government subsidizing their cost for training of those on worker visas, or Natchez, Port Gibson, Vicksburg where the 128-acre (site of the Grand Village of the Natchez is preserved as a National Historic Landmark and is maintained by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The site includes a museum with artifacts from the mounds and village, picnic pavilion, and walking trails. Nearby Emerald Mound is also a National Historic Landmark. Port Gibson has many historic buildings, including the Windsor Ruins, which have been shown in several motion pictures. Many of the town's historic buildings survived the Civil War because Grant proclaimed the city to be "too beautiful to burn." These words appear on the town's city limits signs. The area which is now Vicksburg was previously part of the Natchez Native Americans` territory. The first Europeans who settled the area were French colonists, who built Fort-Saint-Pierre in 1719 on the high bluffs overlooking the Yazoo River at present-day Redwood, or Jackson, McComb & Brookhaven The current slogan for the city is Jackson, Mississippi: City with Soul. Jackson is ranked 3rd out of America`s 100 largest metro areas for the best "Bang For Your Buck" city according to Forbes magazine and During the 1960s, McComb played a critical role in the Civil Rights Movement. It was the location of SNCC`s first voter registration project which was met with violence and intimidation on the part of authorities and the KKK and in Brookhaven, Bernie Ebbers, former CEO of WorldCom, lived both in and near Brookhaven before being sent to prison for white-collar fraud, or Aberdeen, Columbus, Meridian where on the banks of the Tombigbee River, Aberdeen was one of the busiest Mississippi ports of the 19th century. Cotton was heavily traded in town, and for a time Aberdeen was Mississippi`s second largest city and The first record of the site of Columbus in Western history is found in the annals of the explorer Hernando de Soto, who is reputed to have crossed the nearby Tombigbee River on his search for El Dorado and Naval Air Station Meridian is home to the Regional Counter-Drug Training Academy (RCTA) and the first local Department of Homeland Security in the state, or Clarksdale, Cleveland, Tunica where in the early 20th century, Clarksdale was known as the "Golden Buckle in the Cotton Belt" and was home to a multi-cultural mixture of Lebanese, Italian, Chinese and Jewish immigrant merchants along with African-Americans farm laborers and white plantation owners and Cleveland named after President Grover Cleveland, the town began formation in 1869 as people moved inland from the Mississippi River. The Louisville, New Orleans & Texas Railroad ran through the town and a portion of the railroad remains there today and Tunica now lies on the fringe of a growing gambling resort area, with major casinos attracting visitors from nearby Memphis, Tennessee, West Memphis, Arkansas and all over the Southeast, or Grenada, Hernando, Nesbit where Newsweek Magazine recognized Grenada Elementary as one of the country's "Break the Mold" schools and named it Americaís #1 rural school. The Grenada School District has won national and state awards for programs such as the "Walls that Teach" initiative, the Kidzeum and the "Discovery Lab" and in Hernando Paul Burlison, Father of the fuzz guitar sound rock a billy Rock n Roll Trio resided and Nesbit where Jerry Lee Lewis, rock and roll singer and pianist (born 1935; has lived in Nesbit since 1972), or Corinth, Oxford, Tupelo where Corinth`s location at the junction of two railroads made it strategically important to the Confederacy during the American Civil War. Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard retreated to Corinth after the Battle of Shiloh, pursued by Union Major General Henry W. Halleck and Oxford has been named by USA Today as one of the top six college towns in the nation. It is included in The Best 100 Small Towns in America. Lafayette County consistently leads the state rankings in the lowest unemployment rate per quarter and Tupelo where ELVIS was born & raised in his early years. Famous prohibition-era gangster Machine Gun Kelly's last known bank robbery occurred on November 30, 1932 at the Citizenís State Bank in Tupelo netting his gang $38,000.