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Flashback: Beach Manor Hotel and Cottages overlooked the Sound

POSTCARD IMAGE COURTESY OF TIM WALLISThe Beach Manor Inn/Hotel remained in business on the same corner in Biloxi for over a hundred years.
POSTCARD IMAGE COURTESY OF TIM WALLISThe Beach Manor Inn/Hotel remained in business on the same corner in Biloxi for over a hundred years.

Pictured here in about 1955, the Beach Manor Hotel and Cottages stood on the northwest corner of present-day Dukate St. and U.S. 90 in Biloxi.

But if you could travel back in time you would find a wood-frame building on that same corner called the Beach Manor Inn. The Biloxi fire insurance maps shows the Manor being built between 1893 and 1898.

The earliest Biloxi city directory, 1905, shows the proprietor as Mathilda Nelson Swain. The history of the inn/hotel business, consistently incorporating the name "Beach Manor," can be traced through consecutive city directories into modern times.

The Inn remained in the Swain family until 1949, when a charter of incorporation for the Beach Manor Hotel and Cottages was executed by John and Bernice Toler and James Cordon of New Orleans. The incorporates were to engage in the business of constructing and operating a hotel and motor court, etc.

The new Manor advertised as being directly on the beach and near to everything. It claimed to be "exclusive but not expensive" and as most businesses boasted back then, it was air-conditioned. The Beach Manor became a casaulty of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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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