Mississippi City, the seat of justice of Harrison County, is located on the Louisville & Nashville railroad near the Mississippi sound, and has a population of three hundred. This city; Biloxi, population two thousand; Pass Christian, population one thousand; Handsboro, population six hundred and ten, and Beauvoir are dotted along the coast, with ample hotel accommodations at Mississippi City, Pass Christian, Biloxi and Handsboro, which are frequented the year round by visitors from north, east and west as well as by thousands of Mississippians. Beauvoir is noted as having been long, and until his death, the residence of Hon. Jefferson Davis. Handsboro is the seat of Gulf Coast College. Stonewall, Long Beach and De Lisle are flourishing towns in this county.
Public schools are maintained throughout the county for a term of four and five months during each year, and in Pass Christian and Biloxi for eight months. The Catholic churches of Pass Christian and Biloxi are in the lead in Mississippi, next is the Episcopalian, next the Methodist, next the Presbyterian, and then the Baptist.
The leading industries are the planting of oysters, canning of the oysters and vegetables, milling and truck farming.
Source: Biographical and Historical Memories of Mississippi, Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1891