The day before Hurricane Katrina’s thirty-five-foot-tall tidal surge wiped away three hundred years of the Gulf Coast’s history, including numerous antebellum and other historic structures, Jim Fraiser and Rick Guy were still photographing the Mississippi Gulf Coast to document and preserve her history, culture, and architecture.
This book, containing 142 color photographs of what existed before and after Katrina, provides updated information on historical landmarks from Biloxi’s Beauvoir, the last residence of Confederate president Jefferson Davis, to Gulfport’s Dantzler House, home to one of Mississippi’s most significant lumber-exporting families. Fraiser and Guy have done a brilliant job paying homage to the coastal landmarks that once lined the beach highways and transported visitors to bygone eras of unsurpassed luxury.
Fraiser, who has always been impressed by the resilience of the Gulf Coast residents who survived three major wars, plague, and numerous devastating hurricanes, wrote, “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.”
About the Author
Jim Fraiser is a practicing attorney with the law firm of Page, Mannino, Peresich, and McDermott in Jackson, 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.
About the Photographer
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.
VANISHED MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST
By Jim Fraiser
Photography by Rick Guy and Jim Fraiser
PHOTOGRAPHY / Subjects & Themes / Regional
TRAVEL / United States / South / East South Central
96 pp. 8 x 10
142 color photos