Sitting on the seawall

          Construction began on the 26-mile seawall in 1924.  It was dedicated in the spring of 1928.

When Norma “Pete” Stanford submitted this postcard she told a story that reveals how much the Mississippi Coast is appreciated by those living in the interior of our state.

Stanford related that during the early 1950s when she and her husband lived in Hattiesburg, they would drive to the Coast after church on Sunday morning and have lunch at the Friendship House (located at the foot of DeBuys Road).

After lunch the couple would sit on the seawall and watch the mullet jump. They would then drive to Biloxi and “marvel” at the lighthouse in the middle of the highway.

Presently. the seawall is under the sand beach, but the mullet are still jumping and the lighthouse stands resplendent after its recent renovation. Standford is now living in Gulfport and takes her out-of-town guest to a good seafood dinner and to the lighthouse for a visit.

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