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Old 06-11-2007, 12:07 PM
 
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My dad was in the Navy, a Seabee, and we where stationed in Gulfport for most of the 70’s. Of all the places I lived growing up (even overseas), my childhood memories of the MS gulf coast were the best and most fun of my youth. I had so much fun exploring the woods and the backwaters of the back bay, fishing, picking pecans and blackberries, going to the beach, Edgewater mall, etc. etc. It was a blast. This was all before the casinos and the tremendous growth came to the area. We moved away in ’78 and I haven’t been back since. I read this forum occasionally and scan the gulf coast threads describing all the changes that have happened over the years (pre and post Katrina) and it makes me long to see how the place has changed since then.
So what I’m asking for, is someone in the area who is willing to take time to maybe drive around and snap some photos of the landmarks I remember. My old house in the Oakleigh Manor subdivision off Lorraine road, Woolmarket Elementary and the old general store just to the north of it, the fishing camps and taverns along the Biloxi river on Lorraine road, view of the back bay marshlands south of I-10 in the power plant area and the Fritz creek area, Bible Baptist Church on Dedeaux road, maybe a few other landmarks in this general vicinity would be great. I’d be willing to send some gas money your way for the trouble. PM me or reply here if you’re interested, or if you just want to describe the area to me now that would be great too. Thanks
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Old 06-11-2007, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Sparta, TN
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Not sure when I could do it, -real busy getting ready to move,
If I get the chance, I'll shoot some pics. for you.
Might be a week or two.

-Henry
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Old 06-12-2007, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Sparta, TN
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Found a Good sourse for before / after photos....
SunHerald.com : Before and After

-Henry
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Old 06-12-2007, 11:54 PM
 
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Thanks for the link cncguy. There were only a few names and landmarks on that page I remember, but the devastion is shocking. I'd still be interested in more pics when you have the time. How extensive was the Katrina damage north of I-10, like around the areas I mentioned in my first post?
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Old 06-13-2007, 04:15 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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CNCguy.. there should be a new addition to that page.. Before & After, and now. A lot has changed since the after images.. people should not get the idea that were still as bad as that here.
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Old 06-13-2007, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Sparta, TN
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True, I'll e-mail WLOX and see of I can get them to do it.
I know a couple of guys that work there.

Jiggs (fish camp off lorrane rd.) got water damage, but it always floods back there when it rains hard... I think they are open again.
Bible Baptist is OK,
Area behind Watson power plant has lots of debris, stuff still hangs in trees, ect.
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Old 06-13-2007, 09:02 PM
 
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Jiggs! Thats's the fishing camp I remember. Even though we were kids, my grandpa used to take us there for cokes and jukebox tunes after a fishing trip. The road from there up towards Woolmarket always flooded but it never stopped the schoolbuses from going through. Back then Woolmarket elementary was all white, not one single black kid. Is it more integrated now? It seemed like there was some racial tension at Harrison Central, at least according to my older siblings. The black area was centered around N. Gulfport then. There were lots of bright pastel colored houses in that area along north 49 heading into Gulfport. Is it still that way? I'm not racist, in case some overly-sensitive type wants to step in and suggest I am. Thats' just the way it was and I saw it back then.
As for places along the beach, is Marine Life rebuilt and open again? There used to be a theme park called Eight Flags, maybe more towards Biloxi. There were also a couple of water slide parks on 90, Wet Willy's and Wet & Wild I think was the other one. Were any of these still around pre-Katrina? There was also a nice motocross track up around Saucier that we went to often.
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Old 06-14-2007, 02:10 AM
 
Location: Sparta, TN
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Marine life is Gone- Big pile of rubble.
Eight flags Closed maybe 10 years ago. (Feed the Deer)
Both water parks are now Gone. Wet willy's was open pre-katrina,
the one in Biloxi was closed.
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Old 06-18-2007, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Saucier, MS.
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Hi,
I was at Daffy's this past weekend which is the bar by the bridge before ****. **** reopened about 3 weeks ago but it is now called Orangatangs Prop Stop. My friend lives in that area so I go there often. The store has not reopened, I believe it is called the Woolmarket Grocery from what I understand the couple that own it have not fixed it since the storm, because the wife has been sick. The Woolmarket Elementary is still there I don't believe there are many black children still, there does not seem to be many blacks that live in that area. I took my children fishing off of daffys back porch early one morning about 2 weeks ago. Alot of the houses that were close to that area did flood, but the people have fixed or are fixing most of them. The area along Hwy. 90 Beach front and back about a 1/2 mile - 1 mile off the beach is pretty much destroyed. I could buy a disposable camera and mail it to you if you would like. I drive all over and probably drive around all of the areas that you mentioned within a week. The houses that you mentioned in North Gulfport most of them are still there but there are not as many of them that are flourescent green and pink anymore.
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Old 12-11-2007, 03:51 PM
 
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I grew up in Oakleigh Manor subdivision and my parents still live there. I know of all the places you have described. I am also a member of Bible Baptist Church --bbcgulfport.org One of the Katrina books has a picture of the church before and after. The sancuary that you remember was demolished about 7 yrs ago. We are currently undergoing plans for a new sancuary. Pastor Rick Carter is now @ Canyon Creek Baptist Church in TX.
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