Vanished Mississippi Gulf Coast

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Months before Hurricane Katrina's thirty-five-foot-tall tidal surges wiped away three hundred years of the Gulf Coast's history, including numerous antebellum and other historic structures, Jim Fraiser and Rick Guy visited this region with a mission in mind. They sought to preserve the history, culture, and architecture of the Gulf Coast, dating back to 1699, when the French first landed in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

From Biloxi's Beauvoir, a Greek Revival-style raised cottage ...

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Overview

Months before Hurricane Katrina's thirty-five-foot-tall tidal surges wiped away three hundred years of the Gulf Coast's history, including numerous antebellum and other historic structures, Jim Fraiser and Rick Guy visited this region with a mission in mind. They sought to preserve the history, culture, and architecture of the Gulf Coast, dating back to 1699, when the French first landed in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

From Biloxi's Beauvoir, a Greek Revival-style raised cottage that served as the last residence of Confederate president Jefferson Davis, to Gulfport's Mission-style Dantzler House, home to one of Mississippi's most significant lumber-exporting families, Fraiser and Guy have paid homage to the coastal landmarks that once lined the beach highways and transported visitors to bygone eras of unsurpassed luxury.

Impressed by the resilience of the Gulf Coast residents who survived three major wars, plague, and numerous devastating hurricanes, Fraiser writes, "We offer this book as a reminder to the world of what the vanished Mississippi coast was before August 29, 2005, and, considering the unyielding spirit of her people, what it will surely be once again."

Jim Fraiser is a federal administrative law judge in Tupelo, Mississippi. He is also the author of Mississippi River Country Tales, The Majesty of Eastern Mississippi and the Coast, and The Majesty of the Mississippi Delta, all published by Pelican.

Rick Guy is an award-winning photojournalist whose credits include Newsweek, Time, and People and The Majesty of Eastern Mississippi and the Coast. He currently works for the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi.

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The relentless onslaught of building-high Hurricane Katrina tidal surges washed away hundreds of years of Mississippi history in just hours. Just days before the deluge, Jim Fraiser and Rick Guy were busy photographing the Mississippi Gulf Coast, documenting its visible history. Vanished Mississippi collects more than 140 photographs of historic coastal landmarks that perished or suffered major damage during this natural catastrophe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589803466
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Series: Hurricane Ser.
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 1,376,862
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

JIM FRAISER is a federal administrative law judge and a law school and college instructor. He is a freelance journalist/photographer and has written regularly for various Mississippi publications. A professional actor and director, Fraiser is a member of the Screen Actor's Guild.

JIM FRAISER is a federal administrative law judge and a law school and college instructor. He is a freelance journalist/photographer and has written regularly for various Mississippi publications. A professional actor and director, Fraiser is a member of the Screen Actor's Guild.

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