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Pascagoula City

Pascagoula City Hall is located at 603 Watts Avenue, Pascagoula, MS 39567; phone: 228-762-4041.

Lemuel D. Herrick House, ca. 1899, 2503 Pascagoula Street, Pascagoula, MS, National Register

Photo: Lemuel D. Herrick House, ca. 1899, 2503 Pascagoula Street, Pascagoula, MS. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. Photographed by user:Spyder_Monkey (own work), 2012, [cc-by-3.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed July, 2016.

The village of Pascagoula was incorporated in 1838. The villages of Scranton and Pascagoula were combined in 1904 and incorporated as the City of Pascagoula.

Beginnings [1]

The word Pascagoula means "bread nation" (or 'bread eaters') and was the name of the tribe of Indians that originally inhabited this region. An old narrative of M. Penicaut (who formed one of the original French colonies in 1699 at Old Biloxi) "coasting along in an easterly direction from Biloxi we found a wide bay called the Bay of the Pascagoulas. Within this bay there flows a river, upon the borders of which the Pascagoulas are established."

By 1907 the city had a telegraph, express, telephone, banking services, electric lights, an ice plant, a street railway and a waterworks. The Scranton State Bank was established here in 1892. Several newspapers had been established beginning about 1897. The Pascagoula River was an important transportation artery serving the lumber industry. In addition to the booming lumber and lumber-related businesses, the town had grist mills and ship yards.

  1. Dunbar Rowland, LL.D., editor, Encyclopedia of Mississippi History, Volume II, Selyn A. Brant, Madison, Wisconsin, 1907.
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