Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Old train station takes on new personna

Bay St. Louis Historical Depot

Old train stations are fascinating.

And for the most part, a lot of cities have turned them into a spot for either chambers of commerce or tourism centers.

Such is the case for the old facility in this west Gulf Coast Mississippi town.

Bay St. Louis, MS was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina back in 2005 and it is growing back. 

The city sits on a bluff that overlooks the Bay of St. Louis to the north and the Mississippi Sound to the south. The US 90  bridge and the CXS railroad cut across the open water connecting the area to Pass Christian on the east.

There once were a number of businesses hanging off the bluff that catered to tourists and locals. But they are gone. The hurricane swept them away.

But the old L&N Train Depot, inland a couple of blocks, still stands and has been refurbished and is a welcoming site.

Wifey and I visited a couple months ago when we took a daytrip to try something different.

She was on the lookout for a new dining experience and I was just along for the ride and the excellent food that we found at Cannella International Creperie on U.S. 90

And on the way we visited the Bay St. Louis Historical Depot which houses the Hancock County Tourism Development Bureau. 

On that rainy day, we meandered around the facility taking in a few displays which included Mardi Gras costumes, miniature replicas of trains along with an old railway wagon which was used to move luggage and other items.

The second floor is home to the nationally acclaimed folk artist Alice Moseley's museum.

Next post: April 16, 2013

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