New Biloxi history focuses on boats

BILOXI, Miss. -- The Tricentennial Commission is selling copies of a new, 176-page Biloxi history and pictorial in recognition of this year's birthday celebrations.

Written by city resident Val Husley, "Biloxi: 300 Years" can be purchased from the commission for $39.95.

The story of Biloxi is largely about water and boats: the ships that brought the first French settlers; the commercial fishing craft that spawned a giant seafood industry, and the casino barges that in six years turned the city into a major tourist destination.

"The boats made Biloxi," Husley said, "and now the latest boats that arrived in 1992 are remaking Biloxi."

Husley for many years was the city's historical administrator and its director of museums. He is now the curator of the Seafood Industry and Heritage Museum.

The Tricentennial Commission, 1042 Beach Blvd., Box 1699, Biloxi, Miss. 39533. Phone: (228) 435-1699 or (800) BILOXI-3

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