Bay St. Louis, Hancock County
Bay St. Louis, the seat of justice of Hancock County, is located in the southeastern part of the county, on the Louisville & Nashville railway, and on the shore of Mississippi Sound. It has a population of twenty-two hundred, and is a prosperous and pleasant little city, popular among health and pleasure seekers of the South.
Pearlington Hancock County
Pearlington, on Pearl River, was intended by its founders to become a place of much commercial importance, and they dedicated a large area of land for the purpose of building up a city. That was in the old territorial days, and Pearlington for a time had a small boom. Its population is now eight hundred and fifty.
Gainesville, farther tip the Pearl River, has a population of two hundred and twenty-seven.
Source: Biographical and Historical Memories of Mississippi, Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1891