Vintage landscape: Bay St. Louis

Bay St. Louis house, c. 1901, via Library of Congress“Gate to the Hamilton residence. Bay St. Louis, Mississippi,” c. 1901, Detroit Publishing Co., via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.*

The beach town of Bay St. Louis is located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast on the Bay of Saint Louis.

"Harry's villa, Bay St. Louis,"  between 1901 and 1906, Detroit Publishing Co., via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.“Harry’s villa.”

The structure around the tree was known as a shoo fly.  The elevated platforms were popular along the Gulf Coast as breezy places to avoid deer flies.

"Shoo-fly at Madame Boyle's, Bay St. Louis," between 1901 and 1906, Detroit Publishing Co., via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.“Shoo-fly at Madame Boyle’s.” (“Harry’s villa” and “Madame Boyles” seem to be the same cottage.)

There’s another version of a shoo fly here.

"Along the bay, Bay St. Louis," c. 1901, a photo chrome photomechanical print by Detroit Photographic Co., via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.“Along the bay,”  a photochrom print.

Bay St. Louis was devasted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  Almost nine years later, it has made a good comeback and is listed among Coastal Living‘s “Dream Towns in the Gulf Coast.”

You can scroll through larger versions of these photos by clicking on ‘Continue reading’ below and then on any of the thumbnails in the gallery.


*All photos here were taken in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, c. 1901, by Detroit Publishing Co., via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

3 thoughts on “Vintage landscape: Bay St. Louis

  1. So say the websites, anyway. . . although a lot of great vernacular architecture must be gone for good, sadly.

    We’ve been watching “True Detective,” and I remembered how much I like those long low coastal areas.

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