Gulfport is located in the southern part in the state of Mississippi.
Gulfport is the second largest city in the state of Mississippi with a population of 67,793 residents (2010).
The downtown area provides a strong mercantile center. Along the beach you will find many historic home sites. Large part of the economy is golfing and water tourist.
To See And To Do In Gulfport
Southern Belle Fishing Tours
The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum
Gulfport Centennial Museum
Ship Island Excursions
Island View Casino Resort
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
Gulfport Little Theatre
Windance Country Club Golf Course
Great Southern Golf Club
Bayou Vista Golf Course
Gulf Islands Water Park
Crossroads Shopping Center
History Of Gulfport
The area was explored by the French in 1699. In 1836, the Grass Lawn House, known also as the Milner House, was built by Dr. Hiram A. Roberts as a summer home. Gulfport is in Harrison county, which was founded in 1841. In 1884, the Sun Herald was founded. In 1891, Gulfport was permanent settled. Gulfport was incorporated in 1898. The community was named for its location on the Gulf of Mexico.
In 1900, 1,060 people lived in the city. In 1902, the harbor was completed. The Port of Gulfport was converted to a working seaport. In 1903, the Great Southern Hotel was completed. In 1910, the U.S. Post Office and Customhouse was built. In 1917, one of the cities founder, William H. Hardy, died of a heart attack. He was the president of the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad that connected inland lumber mills to the coast.
In 1942, the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport was built. The airport was originally constructed by the United States Army Air Forces as a training base. In 1951, the Great Southern Hotel was demolished. The city suffered severe damage from Hurricane Camille in 1969. In 1998, the Gulfport Centennial Museum was established. In 2005, the city suffered severe damage from hurricane Katrina.
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