Downtown Biloxi is rather dead, definately on the weekend. Insurance issues have caused problems. I love the little area though because the few shops still open are neat. During Mardi Gras the area is alive too. You can see though that MGM Mirage's Beau Rivage towers over everything, and its new neighboor Hard Rock Hotel & Casino had just opened when the pictures were taken. Hope everyone enjoys!
I will start the tour looking down Main Street from the Hard Rock:
A now vacant lot. The brinks indicate where the front entrance used to be.
It was a antique store.
A now vacant bank
An old dentist office. Part of me is glad its gone, I mean, who does not hate the dentist!
Biloxi's original library. This little shack survived much better than its brick counterparts. I guess the pen is mighter....(couldn't resist
Our beautiful City Hall
A new office park going up. First construction downtown in twenty years!
A Coast Original
An incredible old hardware shop that takes us from Main Street down the Vieux Marche on Rue Howard.
Most cities in Mississippi, especially ones that have been around for more than 150 years have small squares. Biloxi, ever the Rebel, has always had the Vieux Marche, a long narrow street.
Great old building
Old building with a new front
An ant took this one for me
Thank you mister ant!
My favorite bookstore in the world. The owner is very interesting too. He is a grumpy older gentleman that sits behind his counter and smokes all day. He does not like children or loud noises. If you have any question about any book ever written though, he can answer it for you.
Weekends by chance = never
One of the few local bars outside of the casinos
A hospital to the right and Beau Rivage to the left.
An interesting building. Its owners have always ensured that it was in tip-top shape but haver rarely ever used it.
The signs looking a little rough this morning but at least he is dressed for the occasion
The old Kress building who obviously partied with the sign the previous evening.
Biloxi's first theater!
For all you catholics: Nativity Cathedral
And for all you rowhouses lovers: Biloxi's very small take
Another street sign
We have now entered our walking district. It runs perpendicular to the Vieux Marche and runs down to the Highway 90 (Beach Blvd). A nice place to rest on a hot day
Finger painting anyone?
Was tempted to take a dip....
Found a reason to stand in the shade!
A neat old building
I really like the caps
A back alley
Mary Mahoney's...You cannot eat anywhere better
The Historic Magnolia Hotel
Looking towards the water. The glass building on right used to be the Fountain Restaurant, which was also very good.
I wanted to take more pictures from inside the Fountain Restaurant, but I was wearing flip flops and the owner politely asked me to leave because he did not want anything going through my feet.
The Fountain Restaurant again
The towering Beau Rivage was opened in 1998. It was opened by Mirage under the direction of Steve Wynn. The first three to four years, this place was financial disaster. Then MGM Mirage was formed, and the resort was transformed overnight to one of the most successful outside Las Vegas resorts the company owns. The resort was built at the same time as her twin sister the Bellagio was being built in Las Vegas. It is the tallest building in the state of Mississippi currently.
Pictures from around the Hancock Bank Building on Highway 90
The new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Resort
It used to be one of the best BBQ places on the coast. It sits across from the Hard Rock
A picture of an old bench with the HR in the background
Welcome to the Biloxi Town Green
As Seen on TV: This was built by the Extreme Home Makeover Crew
The old Biloxi Port Authority building
From the Hard Rock Parking Garage
A now vacant Retirement home (probably a future casino site)
The destroyed Biloxi Harbor and Deer Island
Oh the smell: Biloxi Shrimp Boats
Thanks for viewing!!!!