Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Just what we like. A nice state park campground, Buccaneer. Lots of history. Some trains. And friendly people, but not too many.
Ground zero for Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Bay St. Louis shows lots of new construction and a beautiful classic old town. It also shows the devastating effects of a major natural disaster. Nearly 10 years later and a high percentage of the beach front homesites are vacant. The gigantic oaks have grown back. Many of the homes are now built on tall stilts, a reminder of the 30 foot storm surge. But there are many For Sale signs on sites which must have had beautiful homes at one time.
Bay St. Louis sits on a main CSX rail route originally built by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad – the L&N. The 1928 depot has been beautifully preserved as a tourist center and museum. Before Katrina the Sunset Limited passenger train would have passed through on its way from Los Angeles to Jacksonville. Now freight trains polish the rails.
One interesting story from Bay St. Louis was the filming of a major movie here in 1965. “This Place is Condemned”, a Sydney Pollock film adapted from a Tennessee Williams play starred Robert Redford, Natalie Wood and Robert Blake. Many buildings in the movie can still be seen today.