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Flashback: Red Creek was 'Stone County's Playground'

POSTCARD COURTESY RANDY RANDAZZOIn 1921, a piney woods beach resort developed on the banks of Red Creek.
POSTCARD COURTESY RANDY RANDAZZOIn 1921, a piney woods beach resort developed on the banks of Red Creek.

Pictured on this 1920s postcard, a group of youngsters enjoy the cool waters of Red Creek, which was accessible from the old Highway 49 bridge that spanned the creek near Perkinston, south of Wiggins.

A July 1, 1921, Daily Herald article reported that "it is the strangest thing that a section of Red Creek near Perkinston has become popular as a pleasure resort and a number of bathing booths have been erected on its banks." It reported that on Sunday last about 150 bathers had enjoyed the waters under the shade of the overhanging tree branches.

As its popularity grew the newspaper called the creek-site "Stone County's Playground." Two enterprising young men opened a refreshment stand at the foot of the bridge and sold cold drinks and sandwiches. Soon, people were frequenting Red Creek Park from throughout the piney woods and from towns and cities along the Mississippi Coast.

Organizations, church groups, families, Perkinston students and groups of friends came for picnics (day-time and moonlight), camping trips, bonfires, sunbathing and "weenie" roasts. After the relocation of Highway 49 and the building of a new bridge in 1937, people continued to enjoy the pleasures of the sand beaches along Red Creek.

Murella H. Powell, a local historian, writes the weekly Flashback column. Do you have a local photograph to submit to Flashback? It can be of any subject or event in the Coast's distant or recent past. Please send a description with your name, address and daytime phone number to Flashback, the Sun Herald, P.O. Box 4567, Biloxi, MS 39535; or call 896-2424; or email living@sunherald.com.

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