'Lost Biloxi' looks at city's evolving architectural history

'Lost Biloxi' looks at city's evolving architectural history

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The author of the new book "Lost Biloxi" takes readers on a trip into Biloxi's past. Great stories and rare photos highlight the city's rich history.

Edmond Boudreaux, the author of the new book "Lost Biloxi," wants readers to discover one of America's oldest communities and learn about iconic treasures that have come and gone.

"We all have a sense of place, a sense of belonging, and a sense of who we are and where we come from. That is always interesting to people," Boudreaux said.

Some of Biloxi's historic structures, like the White House Hotel, are enjoying a new life. In the early 1900s, four homes on the beach were turned into the original hotel.

In 1965, a federal building was turned into the current city hall. Boudreaux took us to Main Street to tell us about the old city hall.

"Right here in the middle of Main Street stood the old Biloxi city hall, built in 1889. It was also a market. That meant sheep, cows, eggs, and chickens were sold right here," according to Boudreaux.

Interesting stories fill the pages of "Lost Biloxi" and historical photographs create imagery of the past. Who can forget the 8 flags display wiped off the beach by Katrina. The storm also took out the Father Ryan House with its signature palm tree growing through the porch.

Economic change put an end to the elegant Edgewater Gulf Hotel.

The Dantzler House once served as a USO facility. Today, the Biloxi Visitor's Center stands on the site.

Boudreaux relives the rich history not only of Biloxi, but the entire Gulf Coast every time he writes a book about rediscovering our heritage.

"I think about what it would be like to walk through downtown Biloxi in 1904, or to visit the Gulfport harbor in the late 1800s. It's fascinating. In some ways, I can get there by doing research and writing about it," said Boudreaux.

Boudreaux has a series of book signings coming up. The next one will be on October 6 from 5pm until 7 pm at the Seafood Industry Museum in Biloxi.

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