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Dear Bill, I have never been to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi but by looking at your wonderful photos I would love to visit some day. I have lived in Houston for the last 35 years and have been all over the Gulf Coast. People who have never been to the Gulf Coast just don't know what they are missing. And your photos and captions are absolutely wonderful. It must be a great place to live. I'll be back for another visit when I have more time.

Weaver Morrow
Houston, October 16, 2004

Hello Bill, I was looking for some pictures of San Luis reservoir to put in my travel dairy and I found it on your site , exactly how I remembered it. Thank you. By the way I went through your site and discovered Vicksburg thanks to you. Thank you for sharing your pictures with us. I am writing from France.

France, August 21, 2004

Hello, What a treat to find your photos on this rainy afternoon! I was actually looking for Las Vegas websites when mention of Vicksburg popped up. Since I’m a native and have never lived anywhere else, I had to take a peek. I lost track of time paging through your photos, seeing sites I know so well, places I’ve been, and then places I’ve only heard of or never heard of. I emailed your page to my daughter who just recently moved from Grand Isle, LA, to Seattle, and added in the subject “if you get homesick take a look at this website.”

I noticed that you credit Miss Aarons. She never taught me, but I remember her well, as I’m sure do most students who passed through the portals of Carr Central and HV Cooper High Schools. I also remember Carr Junior… when the fire trucks were called because someone set paper on fire in the back of Mr. Whitehurst’s room or when James Wilson put the cherry bomb in the toilet in the boy’s restroom or the one and only time I ever got sent to the principal’s office.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful photographs,
Pam, Class of 1970's
Vicksburg, Mississippi, June 27, 2004

Hello Bill, I always enjoy visiting your website. It is nice to see a pictorial website about Mississippi. I have lived in Mississippi all my life and it is good to see different parts of Mississippi. You have done a good job with this site.

Eddie Richardson
Caledonia, Mississippi, April 2, 2004

I attended Millsaps during 1968-1972.

Bill Strong
Hattiesburg, October 12, 2003

Bill, I enjoyed your web page!! I also was at Millsaps (79-82). When were you there? I feel lucky to have grown up here and to still enjoy fishing and the outdoors from Rotten Bayou to the east end of Petit Bois Island. I spent time with my grandfather who had a general store in Scott County. I lived in Shubuta for first four years out of dental school. I am now back home just enjoying the things that were on your web page. We went to Vicksburg early last year. Our son goes to St. Stanislaus. All of the pictures were well done. Keep up the good work.

Mark Stringer
The Coast, Mississippi, October 12, 2003

Seeing your poignant photos evoked many memories for me. My family has been in Mississippi since before statehood, and I've been out of Mississippi for many years, though I have many family members still alive and kicking there. (I was born in Oxford in 1948.) After military service and college I headed for California for a PhD program with my young family and have stayed in the area ever since. I do visit my home state and relatives and friends still living there every now and then.

You included a photo of one of Marie Hull's paintings. For many years I studied art with her at her home in the Belhaven neighborhood--not far from Millsaps College (from which I graduated). She was a wonderful, effervescent teacher. I still have an oil painting I muddled through at age 5-1/2 under her gracious and fluid tutelage! (She didn't have any stereotypical, rigid sequence of: drawing --> watercolor --> artwork. I did them all, moving from one to the other.) Her yard was covered with flowers and trees. I particularly remember the abundance of gorgeous day lilies (featured in my crude oil painting).

When the Barnett Reservoir just outside Jackson was being built, we used to camp out nearby along the Pearl River. We had many Boy Scout outings in that area. Once a handful of us got nearly literally eaten alive by mosquitoes, quit our camp, and returned home covered with bites and physically sick with allergic reactions.

I'm sure I know at least one or two of your guestbook signers. If any fellow signers recognizes my name from the past and wants to comment on events evoked by your terrific photos, please do at

Bill Ethridge
(William N. Ethridge IV)
Encinitas, California, September 30, 2003

Bill, thanks so much. I lived in Bay St. Louis for 10 years, and I miss it terribly. It was quite a shock to see the Broke Spoke on-line. I pulled my husband out of there once, fearing for his life. I expect you'd enjoy Barry Hannah's short story "A Creature in the Bay of St. Louis" from the collection High Lonesome. That's what I used to explain to others why I'm so attached. "Bob the Gambler" is another good read set on the Coast.

Colorado, September 29, 2003

Hi, I just toured your site and really enjoyed your pictures of V'Burg. I grew up there & it was like going back home. The Military park was great. We used to go bike riding there when we were young. The Illinois monument was one of our favorite places to go. It was known as the "hollar house" then by us youngsters. We lived in a subdivision close by & rode there often. I also remember the Hurricane Camille Gift Shop sitting there right after the hurricane. I think I have a picture of it, before it was restored. This is a Great site. You have done a wonderful job. I live in KY now & don't get home as often as I would like, so thanks for the memories.

Kentucky, September 25, 2003


I came across your website by accident. A friend of mine is going back to Pascagoula for a reception at the Longfellow house and I was searching for a site to show her pictures.

What a wonderful site. I've been flipping through the pictures all morning. Old memories have come back that I haven't thought about in many years.

I grew up around all of the places you pictured. I was raised in Columbia and have climbed Red Bluff. I have canoed down the Okatoma many times. I may still remember the tricks to getting down the rapid without tipping over. I have floated in an inner tube down the Bouge Chitto River. We took class trips to the Hattiesburg Zoo. My mother and I had a standing yearly culture day when we would go to a musical at the Saenger. I remember watching the "orphans" hanging out the alley windows for Annie. I remember riding an unairconditioned bus up and down Hwy 49 to Jackson for school trips or south to see family on the Coast. Many of your pictures were landmarks we used to know "How much further?". I attended USM for everything from summer camps to actual college classes. I was married on the Coast. Our families live there now.

Now I have a website to use to show people where I grew up. Thank you for the beautiful pictures and memories.

Consuela Kinsey-Dambrino
Atlanta, Georgia

What a wonderful site. The pictures made me feel I was back home in Mississippi.

Tim Winstead
Fort Worth, TX Monday, May 26, 2003

Hi, Bill --

Thanks for your kind words. I'm especially appreciative of your appreciation of my writing. For me, as with you, captions are part of the package. I've always enjoyed the story-behind-the-image that too rarely accompany (and even less rarely well-written) with the works of other photographers. That was one thing that I particularly liked about your site. It truly is a "tour" of your beloved region. You've probably been told many times before, but you've got a book in all your work. Then again, that's what your website is, in effect. (And with book publishing, your work is then reliant on a publisher or distributor, and all the financial & logistics issues of the publishing world.)

My wife and I have traveled through Mississippi and share a fondness for the region. On our trip, we flew to New Orleans, rented a Cadillac, and followed Highway 61 to Memphis; then we crossed down to Oxford, and took the Natchez Trace back down. The whole way we played exclusively regional music -- Dixieland/boogie-woogie in New Orleans; zydeco through Cajun country; blues through the Delta; rock/blues in Memphis. We also ate only regional food at small diners. We loved it! I have many very good photographs from that trip, which will eventually make it onto my site at (I've only had the site for two months, so there's a bunch of work ahead of me before I get anything so extensive as yours.) Attached are two images from that trip. I wouldn't be surprised if you recognized the Rev. H.D. Dennis of Vicksburg. What a character!

Anyway, I ended-up pulling an all-nighter helping all the other kids with their state reports. Most of these 5th graders were in my class last year, and they are a particularly disadvantaged group of kids (lots of absent/incarcerated/addicted and/or non-English-speaking parents --thankfully much lacking from this year's group of 4th graders). They even managed to actually drive their teacher out on disability (he was new to the profession, arriving from the business world, not realizing quite what he was getting into). So they are particularly at a loss now, with a continuous stream of shell-shocked substitute teachers. "We miss Mr. Hill," they now say (bless the little angels!). Loving them none-the-less, I had to step forward to help them with their state reports. (I don't know if it's done elsewhere, but in California, all 5th-graders do their first "big" term paper on an American state; I did Massachusetts 30-odd years ago, and I still remember what a daunting task it was.) Your site was great for the girl doing Mississippi, particularly because of wide-variety of images and all the informative captions.

For the rest of the kids, I fortunately remembered the big stock photo site,, and I was able to download all their low-resolution, copyright-marked versions for free use. So they got to use lots of Time/Life, National Geographic, etc., images in their reports, but none of them had the personal touch your pictures have. (Plus the captions were virtually devoid of information, and even often inaccurate -- e.g., a 1940s picture of the famous Powell Street Cable Car Turnaround in San Francisco was described as "side-entry open tram" period.) So I had to do a lot of caption work on top of everything else!

My students often ask me why I don't have kids of my own. Heavens -- I wouldn't have time!

Thanks for everything. Until we meet again.

Terry Carroll
San Francisco, Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Hi, Bill --

I want to thank you for your nice collection of photos of Mississippi. I am a school volunteer in San Francisco, and one of my 5th graders (from El Salvador, whose parents speak little English) needed help with her report on the State of Mississippi. She didn't have any good pictures, so I told her I would try to find her some on the Internet. Your site has been very helpful. I've downloaded many and printed them with some of your captions. You've helped a very bright girl by providing some interesting and wide-ranging images of a state she thought was only a river.

Terry Carroll
San Francisco, Monday, May 19, 2003

I have spent considerable time browsing your site. As a life-long Mississippian who has lived in Hattiesburg, Oxford, and Tupelo, I have so enjoyed the photographs of the many sights which are familiar to me, but I particularly appreciate those photographs of places I have not seen, and thank you for bringing to my attention that there is much about my home state that I have missed. Thank you very much!

I have taken the liberty of placing links to your site on the Pontotoc County and Forrest County GenWeb pages for which I am responsible. The pictures and information you have presented are just too good NOT to share with other people.

Pam Gibbs
Thursday, May 8, 2003

Hi Bill,

Great website!! We have lived in Michigan all our lives, but because of my job, I have been in all fifty states for varying lengths of time. I was in Mississippi in the late 70's from Booneville to Biloxi. For the last twenty years we have been searching for a place in Florida, but too many people. In the summer of 2001 we thought we would try the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We thought we had died and gone to Heaven, the people are so nice and helpful, the food is wonderful, the fishing is great, and you can actually walk down the beaches, practically alone. We were lucky enough to purchase a townhouse that overlooks the Mississippi sound in Long Beach in 2002. We are going back down in a couple of weeks. I wish I knew of this website sooner, the wait in freezing weather is killing me (it snowed yesterday). Thank you for all your hard work, we're going to visit some of the places that are pictured.

Michigan, USA - Wednesday, April 23, 2003
Bill, you make me remember...

Days in d'Iberville when I was the band director at the high school. That was in 1969. I always wondered what happened to Mary Tucker and Scott Bergeron. The people at d'Iberville were great and I loved them. So warm hearted and emotional. I left there in May of 1969 and the next month Hurricane Camille came through and destroyed the place.

I remember days in Southwest Mississippi, in Gloster where my brother's father-in-law lived. On up the road is Liberty where the boys really did hang out at the soft drink machine at the gas station and just up the way was Mr. Anderson's farm where Jerry Clower used to talk about in his stories. I've been there and it was a beautiful place then.

I remember the Dairy Queen in Summit, Mississippi, where all the Southwest Junior College crowd would hang out and I remember Southwest Junior College. No matter what you want to say about that place it is one of the most beautiful campuses on earth, especially the Azalea Trail, the little pageant they had in the spring when the camellias and azaleas bloomed.

I remember the hot days in Cleveland, where I went to school at Delta State, and all those places you talk about on Highway 49. I can still see some of those highway signs out on 49E or was it 49Y at night; Hazel, Midnight, Louise, Isola, Panther Burn. I have never seen another place like it on earth. The hair on my arms and the back of my neck still goes straight up when I drive up the highway just past Rolling Fork. There is a gentle curve in the road and all of a sudden I am in the middle of nowhere. I go across a little concrete bridge and I can feel the presence of something there. It never fails to scare me.

I remember lonesome days in Belmont, Mississippi, when I lived at the Belmont Hotel. They used to say that Jesse James came there, and I know somebody there whose grandmother had her car stolen at gunpoint by John Dillinger. The first time I ever paid attention to Merle Haggard was in Belmont. I heard him sing "Today I Started Loving You Again."

I never felt so at home as when I was at the Belmont Methodist Church and I never had a harder thing to do when I said goodbye to an old friend from there who was in the hospital at Tupelo dying from cancer.

Mississippi was home to me for seven years, and while in a lot of ways it is a rough, primitive kind of a place, there is still a kind of cosmopolitan undercurrent in the culture. You notice it in the genteel manners of even the roughest kind of people. Some of the most beautiful and best dressed people on earth are to be found in Mississippi. I could talk about it for a long time.

Yes, I remember Mississippi.

Ray Gibson
Wednesday, April 16, 2003
OH, I so enjoyed your Photo Tour.
Great work...

P J Heckman
Wednesday, April 16, 2003
I was looking through your website and wanted to drop you a compliment. I have been doing websites for about 3 years and yours is quite impressive. Keep up the good work.
Friday, March 21, 2003 at 06:06:55 (PST)
I was very surprised to see the Blow Fly Inn in your collection. My late Mother loved to eat at that inn, and believe it or not, it was and still is good food. Since I'm originally from the Coast, I really enjoyed the "return to the Coast through the lens", thanks.
George Drennan
Canton, Ga USA - Sunday, March 16, 2003 at 20:17:29 (PST)
Great stuff - thanks for the fantastic work - I will definitely be back.
Irvine, CA USA - Monday, March 10, 2003 at 00:27:31 (PST)
Thank you for a excellent site. Best Regards Britanny travel hotels
sdf, NY USA - Friday, January 31, 2003 at 07:58:39 (PST)
What a great site! Such beautiful photography of my home, the Mississippi Gulf Coast. My husband and I plan to retire to the area - sooner rather than later, I hope! Thanks for the memories...
Cathy (Joachim) Bryant
Marietta, GA USA - Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 05:41:02 (PST)
Hey I really like your site. I have found some of the information here helpfull. Thanks :) Joe D.
Memphis, TN US - Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 18:31:22 (PST)
What a great place to see home! Got so misty eyed, the other troops thought I had "lost it". Thanks!
Gary Robinson
AlUdied AFB, Qatar - Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 00:14:05 (PST)
Greetings from Larry Bishop
Larry Bishop
Ottawa, Canada - Friday, January 17, 2003 at 22:43:02 (PST)
Thanks for the picture and info on Red Bluff Mississippi's Little Grand Canyon. I am doing a T.V. show on what to see in each state called "Travel with Smiley" Twenty shows have been broadcast since 8/01/02. Thanks Ken
Ken Smiley
Florence, KY USA - Wednesday, January 08, 2003 at 13:16:45 (PST)
I'm orginally from Biloxi and I love looking at your pictures when I get home sick. Great job.....thanks
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Friday, January 03, 2003 at 14:49:36 (PST)
Great work, Bill.
Wayne Archer
Hattiesburg, MS USA - Tuesday, December 10, 2002 at 09:05:09 (PST)
Nice web.
Mads Pedersen
USA - Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 11:03:15 (PST)
Hey! Nice site. If you are ever in Las Vegas let's play golf.
Las Vegas, Nevada US - Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at 23:57:22 (PST)
Nice Pics- I learned alot
USA - Monday, November 18, 2002 at 05:42:12 (PST)
Your website is to big!
Baltimore, MD USA - Monday, November 18, 2002 at 05:40:25 (PST)
U should do it on Canada
Hermione Granger
Dallas, TX Canada - Monday, November 18, 2002 at 05:37:47 (PST)
Kansas is so cool! I learned so much from this site about Kansas!
Harry Potter
Edgewater, MD Canada - Monday, November 18, 2002 at 05:37:00 (PST)
I hate Mississippi. You are weirder than the moon because cheese is kol. I hate this becauseit smells like broccoli.
Freddy Fish
Crownsville, Mississippi Canada - Monday, November 18, 2002 at 05:35:33 (PST)
lilian micky
LA, CA USA - Monday, November 18, 2002 at 05:35:22 (PST)
It was cool. But seeing Kansas in person was better. The sunsets were beutifull, though.
Logan McNamara
Pasadena, MD USA - Monday, November 18, 2002 at 05:32:44 (PST)
I thought this site was weird.
Toad Lee
Pennslayvania Town, Pa USA - Monday, November 18, 2002 at 05:32:26 (PST)
I liked your site. It was interesting. I think I will visit this summer. However, Utah is better.
Kelsey Carper
Edgewater, MD USA - Monday, November 18, 2002 at 05:28:43 (PST)
I liked the site, it gives me a new view of Mississippi. Even though i think it is really cool, i think ill stick w/ Maryland.
CJ Soderlund
Severna Park, MD USA - Monday, November 18, 2002 at 05:26:32 (PST)
I lived on the Mississippi Coast for 8yrs of my adult life. Since then I have moved away. This site brings back lots of memories of years gone by and keeps me dreaming of once again returning to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Ga USA - Thursday, November 14, 2002 at 06:00:38 (PST)
Note my email address of "ansley". I grew up with the MS Gulf Coast and fishing camps as my second home and thoroughly enjoyed the eclectic photos of the area I know and love so well. And I can tell that the photographers love it too.
New Orleans, LA USA - Saturday, October 19, 2002 at 14:52:20 (PDT)
Great site Great pictures
Jessie Dickerson
Petal, MS USA - Monday, October 14, 2002 at 06:36:39 (PDT)
Hi there. I'm a developer for las vegas golf resorts and las vegas casinos websites. I guess internet casino gambling and golf is my specialty. Just wanted to say I like what you did with your site. You did a great job.
Teresa James
Las Vegas, NV US - Thursday, October 10, 2002 at 20:37:40 (PDT)
Hi! I'm Ian. You have a nice and usefull website. I am working for online as seen on tv store. I find your site while searching for related sites and It's a pleasure to sign your guestbook. Thanks!
Texas, Texas USA - Sunday, September 29, 2002 at 08:29:45 (PDT)
Beautiful photography. I'm putting together a scrapbook of photos of Bay St Louis as a birthday present for a man who was born there in 1922. I know he will enjoy the many stunning photos. Thanks.
Columbus, OH USA - Monday, September 23, 2002 at 09:47:25 (PDT)
Hello! Amy Catering San Diego California. Thank you for letting me sign your guestbook and thank you for your website. Glad you are here.
San Diego, CA US - Saturday, September 14, 2002 at 15:44:07 (PDT)
Hi Everybody. Wish I did your graphics. Great work. I found you at a free dating service site. One of the personal ads at the dating service referred to your site as a favorite.
Cleveland, Ohio US - Wednesday, September 11, 2002 at 12:34:31 (PDT)
Hello my name is Cisco. English language is my second language . I visit sites like yours to learn new english vocabulary words and improve my english grammar . I hope to have effective communication and business communication for a new job in US. I learned a new word of the day from your site. I plan to be public speaking and business writing better now from your site. Thank you.
Bogota, Putumayo Colombia - Thursday, September 05, 2002 at 02:29:28 (PDT)
Neat site! I grew up in Monticello, left in the early '70s. I can't believe you have a picture of Red Bluff! We played there when I was a kid. Thanks.
Butch Ammons
Baton Rouge , LA USA - Monday, August 26, 2002 at 12:11:08 (PDT)
Bill, I was born and raised in Jackson and am an amateur photographer. I loved your photos and being able to have a piece of home on my computer screen. The reservoir spillway shot is my favorite as I spent a lot of time in that fishing area when I lived there. Thanks also for all your technical data. Information like that is a BIG HELP to a beginner like me.
Minneapolis, MN USA - Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at 19:14:23 (PDT)
Just finished viewing the photos. Brings back some good memories for me. I never lied in Mississippi. I was sent to Pasqulogia back in the 80s when the area was struck by a hurrican. My wife went with me and we made a lot of friends there. Everone made us feel like we were natives. Some of those frindships are still activity today. We enjoyed the 8 weeks that we were there and it was a part of our life that we enjoyed up until her death. I remember trips to Horn Island (then snakes, wild hogs and alagatiors)-fishing-shrimping and Morrison Cafeteria in Bolixi. My son trained at Boloxi before going to Viet Nahm.
Elwood KNOX
STEPHENVILLE, TX USA - Sunday, July 07, 2002 at 19:19:42 (PDT)
God bless you!
Sharon Wendt
Nashville, TN USA - Wednesday, June 26, 2002 at 17:19:36 (PDT)
My name is Edmund Marco and it's a pleasure to sign your guest book. I work for an advertising agency in London. Our agency represents direct marketing companies that are involved in the marketing of products as seen on TV in England. Most of the infomercial products come from the U.S. but then again we export our talents as well. My brother has appeared in infomercials in the U.S. advertising various products. I think it's hilarious that English people respond so well to American products while Americans tend to respond well to sales people who have an English accent!
London, Kent England - Saturday, June 01, 2002 at 03:36:26 (PDT)
Bill, Having just completed your tour, I feel like I have traveled the state and beyond without leaving my desk. As you know I love the saltwater and the coast, so those are my favorite. Good pictures---Good captions---and Good therapy!
Gene Owens
Hattiesburg, MS USA - Tuesday, May 28, 2002 at 11:09:19 (EDT)
My wife is from D'Ibervile. When homesick, she browses your most excellent photo gallery hoping of a cure, only to become more so. Ann and I both enjoy your art.
Rick Merrill / Ann DuBose
Denton, TX USA - Monday, May 06, 2002 at 15:12:27 (EDT)
Bill: I was so overjoyed to see your site with the many photos. My Grandmother lived in Pass Christian in the early sixties and I lived in Biloxi in 1955-57. The photos are so wonderful and inspire me to visit the area again soon. Although originally from Baton Rouge, I live in Euclid, Ohio. So whenever I want to visit the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I'll just drop in on your website, which I have bookmarked. Again, Many thanks! Ken Neal
Ken Nea
Euclid, OH USA - Friday, March 29, 2002 at 14:25:15 (EST)
I enjoyed your pictures, they are unique.
Caledonia, MS USA - Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at 23:47:27 (EST)
Your site captures that which made my husband and I fall in love with BSL about 7 years ago. We have finally purchased a pre existing second home in BSL and ultimately plan to retire there. Our Northeast born, raised and educated children scrunched up their noses when we told them where we were looking to buy. After visiting, they have jumped on the bandwagon. Still, friends are dubious and some have been directed to your site and NOW they are beginning to understand. Lovely work, great eye, thank you, thank you, thank you.
Peggy MacAniff
Wycombe, PA USA - Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 10:35:52 (EST)
Dr. Strong: Returned to your web page & enjoyed it even more! Nifty photos of Bay St Louis bring back fond memories of the few months i resided still hoping to see some black&whites of the old hotel across the bay...and that mecca of poboys: Lil Ray's. Please keep adding to your excellent page.
Mitch Sawyer
vicksburg, ms USA - Thursday, March 14, 2002 at 00:29:26 (EST)
Hi there, I absolutely enjoyed this tour - liked especially some of the rather unusual views. Thanks a lot.
Markus Wischemann
Boeblingen, Germany - Friday, February 22, 2002 at 04:58:00 (EST)
I would like information on Vicksburg Ms. WE are interested in vacationing there, and inthe surrounding areas. Any infomation, will be greatly appreciated.
USA - Monday, February 18, 2002 at 16:52:18 (EST)
My sister,(Mary Seligman)came across your website and sent your link to me. I really enjoyed your great photos. In all the years I've known you at FGH, I had no idea that you were such a wonderful photograher. Photography is my "serious" hobby so I am always interested in seeing other people's work. I look forward to new photos you'll add in the future. Marti Stuart
Marti Stuart
Hattiesburg, MS USA - Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 21:14:44 (EST)
Just happened to find your web site! I enjoyed the photos. Is this Dr. Strong? I was just in Hattiesburg last week for my mothers surgery and saw you.
Mary (Taylor) Seligman
Memphis, TN USA - Thursday, February 07, 2002 at 11:03:18 (EST)
I enjoyed the tour. My son and family live in Pass. I enjoyed the visit to the coast and love BSL, too. Thanks again!
W.A. Reynolds
Greenville, MS USA - Saturday, February 02, 2002 at 13:10:46 (EST)
Hi! I just ran across your photo tour and absolutely loved it!! I am putting together a web site for family and friends. I'd love to add your photo tour as a link if it's ok with you? I think it is a wonderful way for them to tour Mississippi and where we live! Look forward to hearing from you! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful photos! Kristie
Gulfport, MS USA - Monday, January 14, 2002 at 16:09:22 (EST)
Well Done!
Kalli Bellou
Athens, Greece - Monday, January 07, 2002 at 07:29:18 (EST)
Bill, As a native Mississippian, it's so refreshing to see that you've gone beyond the delta region of our state and shown that indeed, there's more to Mississippi than the blues. I've truly enjoyed the time I've spent with your site, and will be sharing it with all my friends. Thanks again.
DeWayne Morris
Hattiesburg, Ms USA - Friday, December 28, 2001 at 12:27:09 (EST)
Bill, your site is simply wonderful! I was born and raised in Biloxi and am terribly homesick for the sights, sounds and flavors of the Gulf Coast. Your beautiful pictures should hold me over until my vacation takes me back home and I can return to my beach bum ways for a couple weeks.
Highlands Ranch, CO USA - Saturday, December 15, 2001 at 23:31:59 (EST)
Thank you very much, your pictures are well detailed and very professional.
Matthew Fiting
Bay City, MI USA - Saturday, November 24, 2001 at 13:06:54 (EST)
I kinda like it. Thanks!
Cherrie Nelson
Tacoma, WA USA - Friday, November 16, 2001 at 16:55:37 (EST)
Dr. Strong, a few years ago, I was lucky enough to work a contract at Gulfport Memorial Hospital. I lived in Long Beach, just across Holiday Drive from Pass Christian. I loved living on the coast, and the drive east on 90 early every morning, seeing the sun rise over the sound made the start of every day great. I found your site by accident, but I love the great photographs that you have taken. They bring back a lot of good memories. Thank you.
Jeff Parks
Big Spring, Tx USA - Saturday, November 10, 2001 at 12:49:09 (EST)
dr strong, great photos, come and sit under the tree and lets talk fishing. better yet lets go fishing!
steve lampton
hattiesburg, ms USA - Thursday, November 08, 2001 at 15:29:30 (EST)
hi , In may of this year i visited my then bf in ocean springs and i felt right at home . seeing your pictures made me a bit home sick . i fell in love with it there and wish i lived there now . i miss everything alot and everyone . thank you for the beautiful pictures. i'd love and i would be honoured to call ocean springs my home. its a beautiful place and the people are great . keep up the great work on the picture . sincerely melissa
winnipeg, canada - Thursday, November 08, 2001 at 04:40:50 (EST)
I am from Pass Christian, and I moved away over two years ago to Florida. My family still lives in the Pass, but unfortunately I don't get to visit often. I am so happy I came across your sight. I saved this sight in my favorites for whenever I get homesick I will just turn the computer on and come to your site. I sure do miss it there, and you camera does a wonderful job capturing all details. The next time you are in the Pass and you are taking pictures could you possibly get a picture of the PCYC? Just wishing! Again, your portfolio is wonderful and thanks for having it available to share. Sincerely, David Hanson
David Hanson
Gainesville, FL USA - Wednesday, November 07, 2001 at 23:15:29 (EST)
Dr. Strong, Enjoyed the pictures. You found the beauty--thanks. p.s. would also love to see more pics of the delta. Adrienne
Hattiesburg, USA - Tuesday, November 06, 2001 at 10:46:44 (EST)
I like this site. Keep it up!
Leanne Collins
Oakville, ON Canada - Monday, November 05, 2001 at 19:35:34 (EST)
WOW and WEE! I've been away from my home state for several years and loved the pictures. Makes me homesick for catfish and hush puppies (or at least some decent collard greens), since the folks up here don't know much about them.
olympia, wa USA - Monday, November 05, 2001 at 00:25:59 (EST)
I must admit it is an awesome site!My best wishes to you all! Peace!
Pastor Piccolo
New Orleans, LA United States - Sunday, October 28, 2001 at 22:18:10 (EST)
Hi there! I just bumped into your site, and I kind of enjoyed it. Keep it up! :-) Au revoir! Take care!
Jean Duvalle
New Orleans, LA United States - Tuesday, October 23, 2001 at 00:44:13 (EDT)
Hello from Alabama! Your site is very interesting! Keep up the good job. :-)
Rob Harrison
Springfield, AL United States - Monday, October 22, 2001 at 21:43:23 (EDT)
Bill, I grew up in Mississippi and don't get back as often as I would like to. The photos relly help bring me on a mini homecoming. Thanks So much for sharing this wonderful work with all of us.
Dawn Capozzoli
USA - Monday, October 22, 2001 at 21:15:24 (EDT)
Hi! Stumbled across you page via, I believe, google. Cool Stuff! "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction." E. F. Schumacher
Joanna Williams
North Creek, MA United States - Friday, October 19, 2001 at 21:31:27 (EDT)
Hi from Wales! Photos are excellent and contain great mood. Do you only work in b&w?
Bill (William) Strong
Cardiff, Wales UK - Sunday, October 07, 2001 at 06:41:49 (EDT)
love this site
San Clemente, CA USA - Thursday, October 04, 2001 at 20:18:11 (EDT)
bill strong - i love your pictures. i also had ms aarons for english in v'burg. i graduated in 1977 from vicksburg high. you must be a tad older because you graduated from cooper. i found your website when looking for info for my son's project on the red clay hills of ms.
evalin daniel
meridian, ms USA - Saturday, September 22, 2001 at 18:51:01 (EDT)
Bill, I've got to say that you are one excellent photographer! I especially enjoyed the shots of the Gulf Coast. Consider your site a bookmark of mine! Thanks.
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Indianapolis, USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 11:45:20 (EDT)
Liked the site. Thanks!
Felicia Boutin
Toronto, ON Canada - Thursday, September 06, 2001 at 17:37:52 (EDT)
I really enjoyed your vicksburg military park photos. I feel that a 14 inch monitor does not give your photos justice. It's a pleasure looking at the photos from someone who knows how to take 'em. dave
dave gunderson
lake havasu city, az USA - Monday, September 03, 2001 at 13:17:13 (EDT)
Nice site...
USA - Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 19:47:51 (EDT)
Hi, Greetings from Finland.
Jari Peltonen
Tampere, FINLAND - Sunday, August 12, 2001 at 23:46:30 (EDT)
Hi Bill; These are without question the very best shots of the MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST I have ever seen. My mother was born near Jackson(Rankin County). I went to Gulf Coast Military Academy in what used to be Mississippi, City, from '63-'67. I worked in radio in New Iberia, Louisiana for three years. Unfortunately, I've not been there since'79. I was born and raised, for the most part, in Atlanta. Hpoefully with my new situation, I can re-visit the Gulf again; it would mean the world to me.. If I cold offer a recommendation, however, allow me to say i'd love to see some shots of some of the funkier areas of New Orleans, bridges, cemetaries, any old areas... Stay well!! I also would like to say how much I appreciate the hard work, time and money that went into this undertaking. All the Best, William Clayton Duncan, Atlanta GA Bill
Bill Duncan
Atlanta, GA USA - Wednesday, August 08, 2001 at 02:59:23 (EDT)
Red Bluff is lovely...I visited it in the rain recently and the mud was an inch wonder erosion has exposed the lovely colors..Thanks,Jim Miller
Jim Miller
Magnolia, Ms USA - Saturday, July 28, 2001 at 13:37:37 (EDT)
I loved the picture of Juniper Grove Baptist Church. I have been attending that churh for over 25 years. It is not only beautiful on the outside, but it has the most loving and beautiful people in the world.
USA - Monday, July 09, 2001 at 15:48:52 (EDT)
Hi, Sir my name is Joe E, Pena Turner son of the late Means B. Turner of Lucedale, Mississippi, and I just want to comment that I love the state of Mississippi. Home of my father and brothers and sister and step mom whom I love as if she were my own mother. I soon will visit the in the summer to the land I have just known and learned to to love. Thank you Lord for allowing me to find my family who I love a lot. Joe
Joe E. Pena Turner
Laredo, TX USA - Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 22:36:42 (EDT)
I really enjoyed your site. Any plans to shoot in Oxford? I've made a couple trips to that city and it really made an impression. I think it would be great to see some of it through your lens.
Bruce Ciloski
Houston, Tx USA - Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at 23:30:20 (EDT)
I'm a long time Florida resident, my parent were from Hollywood, Florida. When I go to Mississippi, I really feel the warmth of Southern Hospitality.
Joe DiSalvo
Dunedin, Fl USA - Saturday, April 28, 2001 at 14:40:36 (EDT)
Although I am a Californian, I have family in Mississippi and when I start getting homesick for them I go back to your incredible website....It truly is "the next best thing to being there..." While looking at that photo of Horn Island I could almost feel the Gulf Breeze. THANK YOU!!
Robert McArthur
Mar Vista, CA USA - Monday, April 09, 2001 at 15:48:45 (EDT)
Great photographer!
FL USA - Saturday, April 07, 2001 at 08:35:49 (EDT)
Dr. Strong, I am very impressed. Thanks for the great pictures. Neal
Neal Gregg
Hattiesburg, MS USA - Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 19:03:20 (EST)
Hi, Greetings from Finland.
Jari Peltonen
Tampere, FINLAND - Friday, March 09, 2001 at 03:44:34 (EST)
Late last year, my company notified me that I would need to relocate from Beaumont, Texas to New Orleans. We spent the week of Christmas looking at houses in the New Orleans area. We couldnít find a house or neighborhood that we were happy with. We were a depressed and dejected lot. We had visited the Mississippi Coast a couple of times before and my wife suggested we take a day off and drive over. During a shrimp PO-boy at the Pirateís Cove, the idea struck like thunder. Why not? We made one quick trip back to New Orleans to check out of our overpriced hotel and collect our stuff. The end result was our purchase of a beautiful home in the Old Town area of Bay St. Louis. Now, I can hardly wait to get home each evening. I have just begun to explore this gorgeous little town. You have so eloquently captured the shops, the beach, the restaurants, the fishing pier, and itís all just a short walk away. As a web designer by profession, Iíve seen gaudy sites so poorly designed that the purpose of the site is smothered. You canít click your way out fast enough. Your site sucked me in. I was impressed by the layout, the design, the simplicity and the focus. As an amateur photographer, I was immediately captured by the negative strip and drawn straight into the tour. It was hours before I could pull myself away. The photos are breathtaking. The is excellent, steering the eyes into and through each photo window. In one short evening you have conveyed the essence of this area that I have been slowly absorbing on my evening walks. Although, I donít plan on retiring for a decade or more, I have found my retirement home. Your images and prose have served to seal that decision and I thank you for that. When asked about the long commute to New Orleans, I used to just shrug. It was difficult to convey in words why it was worth it. I can now send them to your site for the answer.
Don Biven
Bay Saint Louis, MS USA - Thursday, March 08, 2001 at 17:08:20 (EST)
You rock!!!!!!!!!! You are the best amature photographist this side of Mississippi!
Clifton, NJ Russia - Wednesday, February 21, 2001 at 19:57:18 (EST)
lovely photography. would love to visit one day!!!!!!
jan hubbard
buckinghamshire, britain - Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at 15:02:34 (EST)
hi i was looking for a map of mississippi but i didnt find it.where is it?any cool site bye cya
cork, ireland - Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at 14:22:15 (EST)
Very neat, had great time scrolling through your pictures. It made me want to visit these places. I guess it never crosses the minds of most native Mississippians to tour our own state.Your pictures show we have very unique scenery right here. It's a shame you don't have more time to spend on your photography, the pictures are great,and the stories and comments held me captive for quite awhile.You should pencil in more time off for yourself on that anesthesia schedule. Thanks for your time and effort. Sue B.
Sue Beach
Purvis, Ms. USA - Sunday, January 07, 2001 at 23:01:38 (EST)
Hi! I happened to stumble onto your site as I was browsing to see if we have many pictures of our beautiful state on here and I saw your site. It is really nice. You come back to the hospitality state sometime soon now. Ya hear? :) Dana Barber
Dana Barber
Columbia, MS USA - Tuesday, November 28, 2000 at 15:49:17 (EST)
Nice work Bill, I stumbled across your site during my photography studies. I hope to have some great photos like that of our state one day. Keep up the good work.
Mickey Hill
Monticello, MS USA - Sunday, November 26, 2000 at 22:35:49 (EST)
Hi Bill, Thanks for the memories!!! I spent my early childhood in Bay St Louis back in the mid 50's to about 1965. We moved there from Virginia when my dad worked for Stuckey's that was out on Highway 90. I have many wonderful memories of those days gone by. I attended North Bay Elementary and I am currently trying to locate an old school mate from there. I love the mountains here in Virginia, but I sure do miss the beautiful Gulf Coast. The photos are awesome and most certainly reflect the "laid back, slow and easy" way of livin' down south. Keep up the good work and let me know when you add more stuff. I can't wait!!
Terri Wright
Blacksburg, VA USA - Wednesday, November 08, 2000 at 15:48:55 (EST)
You are WELCOME to visit my webpage.
Odinn Thor
Reykjavik, ICELAND - Wednesday, October 11, 2000 at 20:46:25 (EDT)
Stumbled across your site looking for MS probate laws. I already have it bookmarked and will certainly come back often. Grew up in Gulfport, but I've been a desert rat in Phoenix for 30 years and get pretty homesick. Your photos managed to capture much beauty in SPITE of the casinos. I'll NEVER forget a dinner at Blow Fly Inn watching a storm roll in. There is--in fact--a blowfly sitting on top of my computer monitor even as I type! THANK YOU for sharing Mississippi with those of us who cannot be there!
Suzanne Bone Carpenter
Phoenix, AZ USA - Monday, October 09, 2000 at 00:46:40 (EDT)
Dear Mr. Strong: I am a friend of Ben's working with him at Bluelark. I chanced upon this URL in an email from Ben, and my curious self couldn't help but take a peek. Boy, am I grateful I did. I was fascinated by your pictures, prose and passion. Although I have never been to your part of the world, your site made me feel very nostalgic and makes me want to visit Mississippi so badly. Just as soon as Bluelark lets me get away from work, I guess :) I come from a beautiful part of the world too -- Kerala, in southern India -- and your site made me miss home so much. If you ever go to India, I would highly recommend Kerala as one of your stops. In fact, it was picked as one of '50 places of a lifetime' by National Geographic. ( In any case, I have bookmarked your site to serve as my daily escape from the Silicon Valley. BTW, have you considered making this a book? (Sorry, I went to B-school, they told me you should commercialize everything :)). You have a wonderful, refreshing writing style and a great knack in transporting people to another world. In the meanwhile, if you need a wireless browser for your Palm, please feel free to contact Ben or me :) Cheers, Gibu Thomas
Gibu Thomas
Mountain View, CA USA - Thursday, October 05, 2000 at 18:57:19 (EDT)
thanks for the tour, I will be back to visit soon. The Pictures and Commentary are awesome ! You have done a wonderful Job on your site /
Miami, FL USA - Sunday, October 01, 2000 at 19:02:33 (EDT)
Thanx for sharing these terrific pix and for the stroll down Memory Lane! I grew up in Ocean Springs and Biloxi and haven't been back to see the coast in 19 years! Besides the casinos, nothing has changed! Thank you again and God Bless You.
Catharine Atchley Ledesma
Oceanside, CA USA - Thursday, September 14, 2000 at 17:46:41 (EDT)
Hello Bill, I like your commentaries combined with your photography... I'd like to see more of that on the net. Often times you see the pictures but not always the photographers reason for taking the picture in the first place or what pulled at the heart strings. I'd like to invite you to my hobby photography page, which needs lots of working on, but it's an effort. Anything worth doing in life takes time. Best wishes...
Wi. USA - Friday, September 01, 2000 at 17:22:34 (EDT)
I was actually looking for Solly's Tamales in Vicksburg when I came across your site. It was a wonderful tour down memory lane for me. I lived in vicksburg for 3 years and worked at Ameristar. I still have family and friends there and in Natchez. Thanks again, you made my day. P.S. If you get a chance I would love to see some pictures of the City Cemetery in Natchez on here.
Tracy Grau
Houston, TX USA - Thursday, August 31, 2000 at 20:03:20 (EDT)
What a wonderful stroll down memory lane. I thoroughly have enjoyed viewing this. You have done a wonderful job.
Dot Hopkins
Cullman, Al USA - Saturday, August 19, 2000 at 14:58:11 (EDT)
i think it is a real shame that you have not one picture of the biloxi schooners, but instead have one of the starship!!!!!!
o. king
ocean springs, ms USA - Friday, July 28, 2000 at 23:50:05 (EDT)
Hi, These pictures are great! Especially the one in Vicksburg, of one of my great Grandfathers, General Lloyd Tilghman. I have never been to Vickburg, and these photos make me want to go even more. Thanks! You are doing a great job. God Bless!
Skye Tilghman
Hattiesburg, MS USA - Saturday, July 22, 2000 at 22:19:12 (EDT)
Gosh - Thanks SO much for the stroll down memory lane. I grew up in North Mississippi and spend some of the best years of my life in Jackson after attending MSU. I love my life here in Atlanta, but it's good to be able to go home!
Jocelyn Pritchett
Atlanta, GA USA - Thursday, July 20, 2000 at 08:41:39 (EDT)
Had just as much fun on your website as the times I actually visited the Biloxi area ... I'm a gambling freak ... visit site if you get the chance 100 Casinos on the Internet
Leanna King
Houston, TX USA - Thursday, July 13, 2000 at 16:13:50 (EDT)
i enjoyed the tour wat a nice web page!we plan on moving to the bay one day and i can't wait! look forward to the day when we walk down that wonderfull beach..thanks for the dream...jim & donna marie
jim and donna marie pearson
picayune, ms USA - Saturday, July 01, 2000 at 19:21:10 (EDT)
Hi Bill, Very nice site and great photographs. We do have a very nice state, thanks for taking the time to capture it and show it off. David Headrick
David Headrick
Los Osos, CA USA - Friday, June 30, 2000 at 23:45:42 (EDT)
Great site!!Enjoyed the photos of our home state.
Pelahatchie, Ms USA - Sunday, June 18, 2000 at 22:40:42 (EDT)
I miss my Mississippi. Thanks for the tour. Tell my brother in law, Johnny Guice, a/k/a the wienie man, to tighten up. And he's one to talk about gas.
Mark McIntosh
Norcross, Ga USA - Wednesday, June 07, 2000 at 22:23:08 (EDT)
I thoroughly enjoyed your photographs. The B&W ones are the best. My husband and I moved here from Alabama and have visited the Coast infrequently because we do not like the casinos and neon lights. Now we will know WHERE to go on the coast for a more peaceful excursion. I look forward to taking the rest of the tour and becoming more familiar with our adopted state.
Carol Connell
Hattiesburg, MS USA - Wednesday, June 07, 2000 at 16:00:45 (EDT)
Not only do you pass really great gas, but you take great pictures. Thanks for this site and your help with that seed case the other day. Mississippi is a great place to live!
Johnny Guice
Hattiesburg, MS USA - Wednesday, June 07, 2000 at 10:52:42 (EDT)
Just want to thank for for such a wonderful variety of Ole' Mississippi in photos. You did a wonderful job. I have visited there many times when I was a child with my grandparents, in the mid'40's and 50's. Visiting their family back home after they had moved from MS. to Texas in 1914. They were from Copiah, Jefferson, Lawrence, Wilkinson and Amite Counties. Some were such early pioneers and are listed in "First Families of Ms." The last time I was in Mississippi was in 1980. It is time to come back again to smell the evening Magnolias, and listed to the peacefulness I remembered as a child, sitting on the front porch listening to the old folks talking.
VANCOUVER, WA USA - Tuesday, May 23, 2000 at 15:37:16 (EDT)
Just wanted to compliment you on such a refreshing view of Mississippi. I especially enjoyed seeing Red Bluff, which is only about two miles from the home in which I grew up. (I am originally from Morgantown, Mississippi.) Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent and some of Mississippi's many beautiful scenes with us. It sure does a "Mississippi boy" good to see some familiar places! God bless!
Louis F. Morgan
Cleveland, TN USA - Friday, May 19, 2000 at 15:06:41 (EDT)
BILL, I just had to tell you that I loved your site! You did an excellent job... keep up the good work. I was really excited as I was looking for some photos of my home town to send a friend in another state, because you had photos of some of my old 'fishing' spots, and of plnks for sharing your wonderful talent and some of Mississippi's many beautiful scenes with us. It sure does a "Mississippi boy" good to see some familiar places! God bless!
Louis F. Morgan
Cleveland, TN USA - Friday, May 19, 2000 at 15:06:41 (EDT)
BILL, I just had to tell you that I loved your site! You did an excellent job... keep up the good work. I was really excited as I was looking for some photos of my home town to send a friend in another state, because you had photos of some of my old 'fishing' spots, and of places where we now take our daughter to play on the beach in Bay St. Louis! Thanks so much for the time and efforts you have put into this site. It is truly awesome! Thanks for taking me back home too Bill! God bless.
LUMBERTON, MS USA - Wednesday, May 17, 2000 at 18:41:07 (EDT)
Bill, Saw Marcella and her Mother at Wal-Mart yesterday. That is where I see my friends nowadays! The conversation ran along the lines of your sojourns to New Orleans. I got the hint you might have some new photos. Now that I have checked out those from NO I have a question. How did you come up with these. I love the colors and the feeling of fantasy. Is the result something you do personally/individually or does the camera/processing do it for you? RJT says you should have been a poor artist! Pat Tuley
Pat Tuley
USA - Saturday, April 29, 2000 at 16:49:53 (EDT)
The photos were most interesting as was the commentary. I'm from Misssissippi and I learned some things Thanks again!
Cindi Burgan
Lucedale, MS USA - Sunday, April 23, 2000 at 20:41:17 (EDT)
Great photographs! I am thinking about moving to Mississippi when I retire (about 2 more years). Your photographs and accompanying text make the state VERY inviting. If anyone cares to email me more about where they live (in Mississippi), I'd love to hear from them. Thanks. I greatly enjoyed the photo tour. More! More!
Pinole, CA USA - Friday, April 21, 2000 at 15:11:30 (EDT)
You have put together an excellent site! Not to mention the information I have been searching for on Red Bluff ( the Mississippii Grand Canyon ). Keep up the good work!
New Orleans, La USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 18:00:21 (EDT)
good job! this is what the web should be all about.
USA - Monday, March 20, 2000 at 17:32:28 (EST)
Thanks for the memories. Beautiful work.
Patsy bostick
Tulsa, OK USA - Sunday, March 19, 2000 at 13:54:29 (EST)
WOW--Very Beautiful pictures. I thoroughly enjoyed looking at all of them. You did a great job. My parents and I live right down the road from Dunns Falls. We live right beside the Chunky River Bridge. It's a beautiful site to see if you ever get back down there. Also there's a confederate Cemetary in Enterprise. It's got a lot of history behind it, according to my history teacher in High School. More pictures of Meridian & Enterprise ???!?!?!?!
Evelyn Kowall-Smith
Enterprise, MS USA - Thursday, March 02, 2000 at 16:03:59 (EST)
What a great collection of pictures!!! I grew up fishing at LaFrance fish camp. Those days are some of my fondest memories. I have not been there in over 15 years. These photos really bring me back to the days of playing arond on Toxie's shrimp boat (and getting caught) and sitting under the Oak Tree eating vienna sausage and sardines. Thanks for the pictures and the memories.
M Nolan
Atlanta, GA USA - Wednesday, February 16, 2000 at 08:25:44 (EST)
What a great road trip, and I didn't even have to leave my desk! I love cruising around this state and discovering unique treasures like the ones you've photographed, but I always forget to bring my camera. Loved the Coast pics, as I am a Coast native.
Jackson, MS USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2000 at 15:10:06 (EST)
thanks for a great trip!
mitch sawyer
Vicksburg, Ms USA - Monday, January 31, 2000 at 23:38:43 (EST)
Great site Bill. I hope to add a link to it at CHIP'S CELEBRITY HOME AND E-MAIL ADDRESSES.
Clinton, MS USA - Monday, January 31, 2000 at 07:40:06 (EST)
A friend sent me your web site address that he'd found cruising the internet. I'm always waxing eloquent about the beauties of Vicksburg and sunsets over the river. So I look up the site and find out that it's Billy Strong who's done the wonderful photography! Years have gone by since we were at Cooper in Miss Aaron's English class together, but my heart is always tugged toward home. Your pictures certainly took me there! Maybe more of us can make the next class reunion. Thanks -- Anne.
Anne Taylor Coleman
Houston, TX USA - Friday, January 21, 2000 at 15:34:34 (EST)
great site!! it really took me home! i'm from mosspoint and have seen alot of these places first hand. the pictures are great!! it would be great to see some pics from pascagoula, mosspoint and bayou cumbest areas. thanks again!!
mark harvey
granbury, tx USA - Thursday, January 13, 2000 at 16:29:37 (EST)
Nice photos. The B&W's are clean with good range. Subject is great; my wife and I have traveled some of the south on the Delta Queen paddlewheel steamboats. The sites along the rivers and the towns will keep a photographer happy for years. JR
John Rowett
USA - Wednesday, December 22, 1999 at 23:32:08 (EST)
Bill, Absolutely beautiful photography. Loved the black and white photographs. My favorite--the Empire State Building. Karolyn
Karolyn House
USA - Sunday, December 05, 1999 at 11:58:25 (EST)
In answer to Robbie: Thanks for the guestbook entry. I agree with you about the Delta. I worked out of Greenwood as a clinician for the state department of health after I finished medical school. I came to appreciate such places as Itta Bena, Schlater, Money, Morgan City, Tchula, and Sidon. I saw many beautiful things. However, at that time I did not know that I would one day be doing this photo tour. Since that time I have not had the opportunity to spend much time there in any kind of weather, much less the clear blue sky kind of days I favor for taking pictures. Most published photography of the Delta that I know about seems to emphasize the dreary and the unfortunate. Whenever I do get a chance to photograph there, I would like to do color on clear days.
Bill Strong
Hattiesburg, MS USA - Sunday, November 07, 1999 at 22:35:40 (EST)
Although I live in Ala I travel alot in Miss on business. I work in the Furniture Industry ( which is growing in Miss ) Why no photos of the Delta? Its a very interesting region of the state. I enjoyed your site and hope to see some updates soon.
Robbie Cobb
Tuscaloosa, Al USA - Sunday, November 07, 1999 at 12:03:41 (EST)
Hi! I surfed by this morning and was impressed by your presentation. Thanks for such a onderful rendering of our state's beauty. You've performed a great service to the Magnolia State. Voldi
Hattiesburg, MS USA - Wednesday, October 20, 1999 at 12:42:45 (EDT)
I really enjoyed your pictures. You have captured some of the special places in our state.
Tom Cathcart
MSU, MS USA - Friday, October 15, 1999 at 10:48:12 (EDT)
I tell my out-of-state friends to look here when they ask me about MS. A wonderful "sense of place" captured in this collection. Thanks for what you've done here and keep up the great work!
Steve See
Copiah County, MS USA - Wednesday, October 06, 1999 at 00:19:21 (EDT)
Bill: enjoyed your eclectic tour very much but the pictures of the casinos and other "modern" business establishments weren't as interesting but I still enjoyed your site.
USA - Thursday, September 16, 1999 at 11:56:38 (EDT)
Good stuff. Great site. Found it as a fact of error. Coming back to look somemore. Bye SilkyPlus @ Paralegal Plus Canada
Toronto, On Canada - Wednesday, September 01, 1999 at 14:49:10 (EDT)
What wonderful pictures. I grew up in Wiggins (b/t H'burg and G'Port) and moved to NJ two years ago. I may never live in MS again but I'll always be part of the club "GRITS" (girls raised in the south). MS will always be part of my heart. Thanks again for helping me feel close to home while I'm so far away. Next time grab a shot of Flint Creek Water Park! What a beautiful area for family fun.
Tana Bond Walsh
Forked River, NJ USA - Wednesday, August 18, 1999 at 16:32:44 (EDT)
Hi, Dr. Strong. I didn't realize this was your website I had stumbled across. This is Margaret Wakeland's daughter. Thanks for the beautiful pictures. It really does Mississippi justice.
Jaymie Jarman
Hattiesburg, MS USA - Monday, July 12, 1999 at 20:44:07 (EDT)
Chestnut Hill, MA USA - Monday, July 12, 1999 at 14:35:45 (EDT)
Nice to stumble on a slice of "home" while living amongst all these "yankees". Although I may never live there again, I'll always be from and of Mississippi.
Gregory S. Ervin
Skaneateles, NY USA - Thursday, July 08, 1999 at 22:43:02 (EDT)
BOXBOROUGH, MA USA - Wednesday, June 30, 1999 at 18:26:50 (EDT)
Thanks so much for taking me back to the summers I spent on Henderson Point, exploring the charm and beauty of Pass Christian and Bay St. Louis. As a Philadelphia, MS native, and recent transplant to the Denver area, the tour has been a welcomed reminder of home, and all things wonderful, beautiful and unique in Mississippi.
Sara Watson
Denver, CO USA - Thursday, June 24, 1999 at 12:28:43 (EDT)
We thought this webstie was the greatest. IT helped us loads with our school work. We were stunned by the fantastic photos and we had to come back for more!
Katie blakeman + Kate Cox
Bristol, England - Tuesday, June 22, 1999 at 06:58:46 (EDT)
I have been doing some genealogy research and came upon your site while looking for info on Purvis, MS. I must say, I was taken back to the summers I spent with relatives as a child. Your pictures were amazing. I'm glad I came across your site and thank you for sharing!
Venice, CA USA - Sunday, June 20, 1999 at 11:04:20 (EDT)
Very nice work. A very broad view of the world in Mississippi. As a photographer myself, I appreciate what your work is all about. Keep up the good work. If you are interested, I have an exhibit of 30 B&W photographs showing at the George Ohr Art & Cultural Center in Biloxi, July 1-31, 1999. I assume you still live in Hattiesburg. I have a son in Hattiesburg, so visit there a lot. Would like to meet you sometime and share our work.
Marion Brown
Yazoo City, MS USA - Friday, June 18, 1999 at 22:20:15 (EDT)
Dear Bill, We've just had two days of rainy weather here in Southern California and my mind has been filled with musings about home -- the Gulf Coast and its environs -- in which I also include 'the City', New Orleans. I stumbled onto your website this morning and have thoroughly enjoyed your visuals and your words. They take me back, not only to a place but also a time. The place is steeped in beauty, grace and innocence. The time is filled with harmony, balance and peace. Thank you for capturing these multi-colored tones so well. As a self-imposed exile of over 20 years, it does me good to reflect on the vibrations of my youth and thereby feed the essence of my soul . Thank you for your creative efforts. They are healing and comforting for so many of us who are so far away.
Samara Bowes Whitesides
West Hollywood, CA USA - Thursday, June 03, 1999 at 19:46:49 (EDT)
Being a photographer and a southerner I don't know if you realize how you have captured the essence of the Gulf Coast. What a wonderful experience to be so far from home and to actually "feel" that you are there. Thank you for bringing tears to my eyes and warmth to my heart.
Marilyn Bowes
Los Angeles, Ca USA - Thursday, June 03, 1999 at 14:13:58 (EDT)
Just had to say THANK YOU! I am an artist, and I was searching for Alice Moseley, and found your site...had to stay...felt like I was back home. My children grew up on the coast, and are now in the Jackson area. And I am in Ohio (for now!) even if my heart is down there. I even named my gallery accordingly! "Southern Heart Gallery" has lots of art with its roots from there...again, thanks for the chance to go home!
Barbara Steele Thibodeaux
Oxford, OH USA - Wednesday, May 19, 1999 at 08:12:57 (EDT)
The pictures here was very nice BUT why wasn't there any from the northeast section of the state. I live in Tishomingo county and we have a lot of beautiful sites here like the Tish State Park are part of the Tenn-Tom water way, not to mention the civil war sites that are Iuka. We also a lovely section of the Natchez Trace that holds alot of scenic beauty. Even our quaint little town has some wonderful sights. Please add some of these to your tour and you will be making a good thing better.
Belmont, Ms. USA - Monday, May 10, 1999 at 08:47:30 (EDT)
Coolest web site I've seen yet. Thanks for sharing it.
Sheila Williams
Brandon, MS USA - Friday, April 30, 1999 at 16:22:34 (EDT)
I enjoyed your photographs very much... especially the B&W prints. I grew up in Central Alabama and Southern Georgia. The South was a great place to be a child. Thanks too, for the Monitor Check. Keep on Snapping! Bye, now.
Terry L. Spruell
Salt Lake City, UT USA - Tuesday, April 13, 1999 at 01:04:15 (EDT)
Great page! My mom's family is in MS. and I went to high school in Jackson in 1968-69. I like the negative strip border, too. Great work!
D.E. Drake
San Antonio, TX USA - Friday, March 26, 1999 at 11:18:29 (EST)
Just passing through, looking for Road map of MS Counties. Especially Pontotoc County. Sure do like your site. Really informative! Enjoyed it! Peggy A. Young
Peggy A. Young
Pontotoc, ms USA - Thursday, February 04, 1999 at 08:27:04 (EST)
What a nice surprise! Sure brought back memories of growing up in Gulfport. Slower, more civilized. "a steak, a knife and glass of tea" to paraphrase Mac MacAnally. Keep it up -- I'll check back often.
Robert Blakeney
Houston, TX USA - Wednesday, January 27, 1999 at 17:29:06 (EST)
Hi Holly, Thanks for taking the tour and making the Phototour guestbook entry. I appreciate what you are saying. I don't intentionally ignore certain parts of Mississippi. It's just a matter of where I live and the amount of time I have and the photos I have accumulated over the years. And the all-important matter of light. It is hard to coordinate my travels with good weather and good light. I like to photograph in the morning and the afternoon when the shadows are long. I have intentions of covering the Northeast, the Delta, the Natchez Trace and the Southwest as I can. Thanks for the comments --- bill strong
Bill Strong
USA - Friday, January 15, 1999 at 07:35:14 (EST)
We loved your album. However, you need to contact our daughter at to give you a tour of Columbus and N. MS, which is a gap in your tour!
Holly Ivy
Brooklyn , NY USA - Thursday, January 14, 1999 at 22:24:38 (EST)
All the MS blood in me, and I still can't get enough. Your thoughtful art is a treasure. Forwarding on to Birney Imes. Very good work.
Virginia Ivy
Memphis, USA - Friday, January 08, 1999 at 10:29:53 (EST)
It's 12:30 am, and I was searching through Mississippi Galleries - just browsing - when I came upon the Ross Barnett photo. I could feel my whole body tense. It has been 6 years since I left my home in Roses Bluff right near where your picture was taken, but I was back in an instant thanks to you! What great memories that brought back!! How about some Natchez Trace pictures?
Patti King
Jacksonville, FL USA - Wednesday, January 06, 1999 at 00:44:55 (EST)
Beautiful pics and really well presented. The colors and tones are great, especially for the internet. My favs were Seawall, Bayou Caddy and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Keep working. And hey! Give us a blues tour.
dawn o
atlanta, Ga USA - Monday, December 28, 1998 at 13:25:38 (EST)
All I can say is "WOW", you sure are a talented person! I enjoyed the tour so much. Makes me want to visit, especially that fruit stand that you talked about where you can sit on the porch and eat ice cream and relax. Sounds like my kind of place.. Thanks again for the last 1 1/2 hrs of entertainment!!!!
Southern, Ca USA - Sunday, December 13, 1998 at 01:54:20 (EST)
I love the way you used the negative as a side border.
Longview, TX USA - Friday, December 11, 1998 at 22:10:05 (EST)
Bill, You kept me up past my bedtime! I just couldn't stop from taking all tours. I expected the great photography from you. The comments and stories with them are icing on the cake. Really impressive compilation. Jon
Jon Crocker
Houston, TX USA - Monday, November 23, 1998 at 02:07:45 (EST)
Great page. The photos (some of which were very close to home). were simply wonderful. You have truly captured the essence of Highway 49. More pictures please!
Paula Blackwell
Collins, MS USA - Monday, November 16, 1998 at 14:42:11 (EST)
I thoroughly enjoyed your photo tour. Things were slow at work, so I began web-crawling lokking for photo sites. I am a Southerner, and have lived in Virginia and Maryland (just outside DC) for nearly 7 1/2 years. Your photos certainly evoke memories of the South and of small towns. I am an amateur photographer, and I admire your photos. Excellent site! I enjoyed the tour tremendously.
Guy Bellamy
Silver Spring, MD USA - Wednesday, November 04, 1998 at 15:30:15 (EST)
Absolutely wonderful! I thoroughly enjoyed your photo tour. I especially enjoyed Red Bluff which is one of the most serene and inspirational places I've ever been. Your Eudora Welty-ish flair is undeniable. Eudora once said if you point your car straight you can drive from Memphis to Vicksburg with your eyes closed. Would love to see more photos of the Delta...maybe a "blues" tour? I've passed this page on to many others. Thanks Bill made my day!
Nora Rollinson
McComb, MS USA - Thursday, October 29, 1998 at 00:07:41 (EST)
Bill: Loved your photos and especially the wonderful comments. Remember the good old days at VA Memphis?
Linda White
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Tuesday, October 27, 1998 at 16:39:30 (EST)
houston, tx USA - Monday, October 19, 1998 at 23:24:09 (EDT)
p.s. my birth name is Tami Lee FAVRE ...from Biloxi ... I am homesick and stuck in caifornia, would love to hear from someone back home!!!!
Tami Donnelson
Magalia, CA USA - Wednesday, October 07, 1998 at 04:08:04 (EDT)
thank you, thank you!!! I am Biloxi native stranded in california for the last TEN years, i have looked on-line for pictures of home and never found ant that looked like HOME!! I found your page by accident and am so happy!! I was born on Point Cadet, before the immigration wave. I have lived in Vancleave, Lizana and tell people out here that Biloxi is the greatest town in the world. I miss it terribly, but I must say that hearing things like "sun set over casino" just fills my heart with uncertainty... when I finally get back home... will it be home?... is it already ruined? again, thank you SO MUCH for letting me see the Gulf Coast
Tami Donnelson
Magalia, CA USA - Wednesday, October 07, 1998 at 03:50:38 (EDT)
Although I have never been to Mississippi, I feel like I have taken the tour. I have longing for these places now, as someone who remembers them with nostalgia...You made your love for these places seem like a living thing. Thanks.
Miami, FL USA - Monday, September 28, 1998 at 08:50:00 (EDT)
Thank you for providing me an opportunity to really stop and enjoy the sights all around me that I drive by and don't see. Keep up the good work!
David B. Wilson
Hattiesburg, MS USA - Wednesday, September 23, 1998 at 09:19:08 (EDT)
I just moved away from Hattiesburg and was looking for chicken soup for my homesickness-and found it in Dr. Strong's pictures of all the things I tell people about when I speak of my home. Thank you.
Catherine Jannik
Natchitoches, LA USA - Tuesday, September 22, 1998 at 15:17:19 (EDT)
I stumbled upon this site looking for reminders of home, Moss Point, MS. What a pleasure it was to see the familiar landscapes of Hwy 49 from the golden Gulf Coast to the flatlands of the Mississippi Delta. Thanks for taking me back home.
Undrea M. Miller
Houston, TX USA - Wednesday, September 09, 1998 at 13:26:18 (EDT)
I came upon your web site while "surfing," and I must say that I am glad I "happened" upon it. I enjoyed the picture tour very much. It is interesting what tidbits of information you can come upon about your home state through a picture tour that you didn't previously know. Thanks.
S. Blackmon
Wesson, MS USA - Thursday, September 03, 1998 at 15:26:46 (EDT)
I enjoyed the opportunity to look at photographs of places just a little off the beaten path. I have fond memories of building sand castles on the beach as a boy. One of the first photographs I ever took was of a seagull chick nesting in the shelter of an old beer can on Biloxi beach. I've taken a lot of pictures and walked a lot of beaches since then, but I have many special memories that will forever be linked to the beaches and towns on the Mississippi coast. Thanks for some great photographs and a fine reminder of simpler times.
Mike Wells
New Orleans, La USA - Friday, August 28, 1998 at 20:00:52 (EDT)
Great Site. Keep it up. Show the world what a great place the deep south is.
A Eure
Hattiesburg, MS USA - Wednesday, August 26, 1998 at 00:41:14 (EDT)
Back in '78 my wife and I drove right across the delta from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. Almost ran out of gas! I'll put some of the pics up on my site. Your site is real cool, and inspirational. Keep up the good work. And thanks. --- Just a note to invite you and your visitors to stop by my Website and explore. I'm always putting some things there... including some initial thoughts from my very recent visit to Disney World. Don't be shy, it's lots of fun. You'll see, I present MAGIC, MATHEMATICS, and MYSTERY. --- Please do sign my guestbook, too, while you're there, and let me know what you think. Motto: "Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a Fire!" ( Keats ) --- MILLER'S MYSTERIES -- MYSTERY, MAGIC and MATHEMATICS --
Joseph Miller
Waterbury, CT USA - Monday, August 24, 1998 at 13:55:15 (EDT)
Wonderful website! I enjoyed it very much and look forward to seeing many of the sites in Mississippi, which should be fairly soon. My daughter graduated University of South Alabama, Mobile, and is engaged to a young man whom she met at college and he is from Bay St. Louis.
Ann Backhurst
Nashville, TN USA - Saturday, August 15, 1998 at 19:20:07 (EDT)
Great page! I especially enjoyed the B&W shots. Having grown up in Alabama, and spending two weeks every summer in Gulfport in the 60's with the AL Nat Guard, I can truly relate.
Wes Massengill
Jacksonville Beach, FL USA - Monday, August 10, 1998 at 20:07:02 (EDT)
dave bolton
uk - Thursday, August 06, 1998 at 13:24:51 (EDT)
Nice job! I thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
Karen Kirk
Cincinnati, OH USA - Monday, August 03, 1998 at 15:27:30 (EDT)
I just had a wonderful time revisiting Mississippi. Your timeless pictures made me realize just how much I missed by not moving there. Thank you so much bill for your time and energy. I believe I should rethink my decision:) Louise
Louise Volpe
Bayshore, NY USA - Wednesday, July 22, 1998 at 09:24:03 (EDT)
USA - Monday, July 13, 1998 at 19:37:40 (EDT)
Very nice website. This is my first time to visit your site. Someone on a link told me about you. I'm hooked already. I know I'll be visiting many more times. Thanks. Just a note to invite you and your visitors to stop by my Website and explore. There are some scary things there, but don't be afraid, it's NOT that bad. You'll see I present MAGIC, MATHEMATICS, and MYSTERY. Please do sign my guestbook, too, while you're there, and let me know what you think. Remember: "The Truth is Out There!"
Joseph Miller
Waterbury, Ct. USA - Sunday, July 12, 1998 at 22:49:20 (EDT)
Hi, there! Was looking up the "old school" and found your site.... Hope to see you at the reunion this summer! Have put up a page looking for some missing classmates!Best to you :)
Memphis, TN USA - Sunday, July 05, 1998 at 15:26:52 (EDT)
Thanks, we have a camp on Burnett in BSL. As an artist, I enjoyed looking at the nostalgia scenes. Great memories! We dine at the Eatery, walk frequently on the piers and Main St., and look forward to the 4th's Crab Festival.
carol paysse
USA - Friday, June 26, 1998 at 21:24:09 (EDT)
Thanks for a beautiful job about 'the coast' and Mississippi. Good to see something other than casinos when we are depicted.
Jackson Premeaux
Gulfport, MS USA - Thursday, June 25, 1998 at 13:40:53 (EDT)
I'll be traveling to the Gulf Coast to shoot some of that wonderful scenery. Thanks for your inspiring photos and other helpful stuff on your web site.
John Lynch
Manchester, TN USA - Monday, May 25, 1998 at 11:28:30 (EDT)
While I was searching the web for photography sites, I ran across yours and I want to tell you how much I have enjoyed it. I enjoy photography very much and it is amazing how you can live in a town, take photos of the same place, and still not see things the same as someonelse. Thank you for a fine representation of the Hattiesburg area, as well as all of Mississippi. I look forward to checking this page again to look for updates.
Hattiesburg, MS USA - Saturday, May 23, 1998 at 18:20:16 (EDT)
Congratulation from a Belgium photographer. Go on ..
GEROMPONT (RAMILLIES), 1367 BELGIUM - Sunday, May 03, 1998 at 12:55:22 (EDT)
Nice B&W photos Bill. Keep on! Goran
Goran Heckler
Sweden - Saturday, May 02, 1998 at 09:01:21 (EDT)
Awesome Web Site. Thanks!! My love, Dave got to see where I used to live, Bay St. Louis, and where we will hopefully vacation this summer.
Grand Junction, CO USA - Sunday, April 05, 1998 at 15:41:00 (EDT)
Dave Hoffman
GRAND JUNCTION, CO. USA - Sunday, April 05, 1998 at 14:45:47 (EDT)
A most enjoyable site ! Thanks for all the hard work.
West Sussex, United Kingdom - Saturday, March 28, 1998 at 13:49:49 (EST)
I love your site. I feel connected to home. You MUST go down Hwy. 61 South to Natchez and take a picture of Mammy's Cupboard. It is quite extrordinary. Be sure to stop by the northern side of 61 and say Hey to my daddy at Kowboy's Cars. Aloha
Twila McKinney Solari
Kailua, HI USA - Monday, March 23, 1998 at 15:05:50 (EST)
Very nice site. I really enjoyed your photos. I recently took my first trip to Mississippi (Natchez - Spring Pilgrimage) and found it to be very beautiful - plenty of natural beauty, grand old homes, and great antiques. Your photos are very evocative of that. Thanks for the reminders of that recent vacation.
Jacki Prause
Mishawaka, IN USA - Monday, March 23, 1998 at 14:03:37 (EST)
Searching for infor on my home town, Greenville, and found your web site. Loved the pictures. However, as I'm sure you know, the Delta has a lot to offer also--Indian Mounds, the Levee, Doe's, Blue's Festival (July 4th).
Penny C. Hitt
Norfolk, VA USA - Wednesday, March 18, 1998 at 15:23:23 (EST)
Searching for infor on my home town, Greenville, and found
Penny C. Hitt
Norfolk, VA USA - Wednesday, March 18, 1998 at 15:20:14 (EST)
Sorry about that... a great page! I thoroughly enjoyed discovering a unique part of the country through your excellent photos.
Chris Boscia
Boston, MA USA - Saturday, March 14, 1998 at 01:09:13 (EST)
Oh Yeah! Check it out and bookmark it!!
The Heightsmen of Boston College
USA - Saturday, March 14, 1998 at 00:55:25 (EST)
great job
USA - Saturday, March 14, 1998 at 00:54:44 (EST)
Very original website. I am going to visit this part of the USA next time.
Huub ter Beek
Nieuwegein, The Netherlands - Monday, March 02, 1998 at 06:48:23 (EST)
Hi nice page!!
Panama City, FL USA - Sunday, March 01, 1998 at 15:14:12 (EST)
Very nice tour. Not often that we see anything about our Southern states. Thanks
Dennis Howey
Flat Rock, Mi USA - Sunday, March 01, 1998 at 14:16:35 (EST)
Great site, I enjoyed it. I'm glad too see the name associated with a art form. Robert
Brooklyn, NY USA - Sunday, February 22, 1998 at 15:38:59 (EST)
Having lived in Mississippi all of my life, it is refreshing to see it in such an art form. I live in the delta but visit Bay St. Louis every chance I get. Seeing these pictures makes me want to move up the date for my next trip. Keep up the great work.
L. Murphy
Drew, MS USA - Sunday, February 08, 1998 at 15:08:31 (EST)
Great web site.....grew up in The Bay....and was just showing some friends in ND some pictures of where I call home...thanks for making home not feel so far away!!
Leigh C. Chapman
Dickinson, ND USA - Monday, January 19, 1998 at 01:38:01 (EST)
I really enjoy your web site. It brings back memories of the times spent in bay st. louis with my family. We have a summer camp their. It is located right off of Dunbar. Is the trim shop still there? (Awesome picture) Keep up the pics.
John Paysse
Metairie, LA USA - Saturday, January 17, 1998 at 21:45:20 (EST)
Nice Work. Mississippi needs more great pages like this one. If you are ever interested in getting some great shots from the Port Gibson\Southwest Mississippi area, I will be more than happy to direct you to some incredible places. Take care.
Port Gibson, MS USA - Monday, January 12, 1998 at 14:38:20 (EST)
Great site. Just finished touring your site with my 14 year old daughter. She thought it was cool. My mom's family is from Greene Co. and my dad was raised on Little Black Creek near Purvis. We still have the 'old place' in Greene Co., near Leakesville, where my 13 year old son and I brought in the new year in my grandparents 1921 'sawmill' cabin. You made me appreciate the region even more (if possible). Thank you.
Jim Buckalew
Irvington, AL USA - Friday, January 02, 1998 at 23:42:50 (EST)
A great site, and an asset for our neck of the woods. Thanks for the time and effort you put into building it. In your free time (doesn't look like you have much) stop by and follow the links. It's just some fun stuff some of my friends and I have put up. Again, thanks for a great site about a great state!
B Rawls
Columbia, Ms USA - Tuesday, December 09, 1997 at 07:37:50 (EST)
Hi. Greatly enjoyed your photography of my home state. I grew up in Hattiesburg left for a decade and a half; lived in large urban areas around the country and have returned. I am a writer/cartoonist and try to spend several months out of the year in Bay St. Louis (may try Ocean Springs next year). I love the peace and quiet of the coast (some of it anyway, and really helps the creative process). Loved your photos. Hope you'll check my cartoon samples on my site.. Warm regards, Rick
Rick London
Hattiesburg, MS USA - Thursday, November 27, 1997 at 22:31:00 (EST)
What a joy to see all of those fabulous pictures of my hometown, Bay St. Louis. I still return several times a year, but have been living in Monterey, CA (five miles from Carmel) for the last ten years. It was lovely to read your description of BSL as the "nascent Carmel of the Gulf!" Thanks for the memories!
Ripple Huth
Monterey, CA USA - Saturday, November 15, 1997 at 00:29:00 (EST)
Your site is very informative, with a lot of good links. I'm supposed to be coming to Hattiesburg sometime soon for a job interview, and you have a lot more good links than Yahoo for the area! I also enjoyed the photos!
Steve Jarzombek
St. John, IN USA - Saturday, October 18, 1997 at 21:33:33 (EDT)
I enjoyed your Web Page. Keep up the good work.
Randy Curtis
PV, CA USA - Wednesday, October 08, 1997 at 19:03:12 (EDT)
Recently met someone from Miss., and, thinking him special and wanting to see where he was coming from, went 'Net-surfing and found you. I thought the info. was really enlightening, and feel the photos (used to be my major in school) are amazing and gorgeous. I'm going to tell the young man I mentioned to check you out. Thank you so much!!!
Lia Ellen Fisher
New York, NNY USA - Tuesday, October 07, 1997 at 11:00:41 (EDT)
Thanks for a great job!! Especially enjoyed your comments.I would love to have a site of my own like yours. Really enjoyed Gulf Coast photos, especially comments about LaFrance Camp in Ansley. Keep up the good work!
D C Schroeder
Long Beach, MS USA - Sunday, October 05, 1997 at 23:14:24 (EDT)
Believe it or not, I've seen most of the places in your tours on my many road trips (hit the 300,000 mile mark in '96)! B&R in McComb; graduated from MS State in engineering; Gulfport for four years; now in Austin TX with Dell Computer. Would gladly give it all up to get back home! Thanks for the inspiration and hope to bump into you one day (I'm the one with the A2 and the calculator!).
Jeff W. Smith
Austin, TX USA - Saturday, September 20, 1997 at 01:01:41 (EDT)
Love your site. It makes me feel right at home since my family lived in Richton for several years.
Barbara Till Prestridge
Wesson, MS USA - Monday, September 15, 1997 at 23:07:29 (EDT)
A really nice site. I found some pictures that I would like to use (linking to your site & giving you the credit) on my own page. The site is really nice, has EXCELLENT photos, and gives Mississippi a good name on the Internet. Keep up the good work.
Bobby Grant
Waveland, MS USA - Tuesday, September 09, 1997 at 12:31:35 (EDT)
Bill, we've missed seeing you lately! It was great visiting with you through this great piece of work.
Richard & Debra Topp
Hattiesburg, Ms USA - Saturday, September 06, 1997 at 00:45:47 (EDT)
I have sadly never been in your neck of the woods and as a photographer myself I hope I capture my world as wonderfullly as you have. I will E-mail you some of my images when my system is able . Again great work.
Daniel Weisgerber
Calgary, ab Canada - Monday, September 01, 1997 at 02:07:06 (EDT)
Hi Bill, I really enjoyed your photo tour of Bay St. Louis. It brought back many memories. My Grandfather, Burton E. 'Fip' Johnson lived for many years at 110 North 2nd Street. Your picture of the Methodist Church is almost exactly as we saw it from his front porch. Thanks
L.D. Watson
Houston, TX USA - Wednesday, August 20, 1997 at 21:28:07 (EDT)
Hi, Billy! Celia Anne is visiting us and showed us your web site, which is just wonderful! The photos are magical, and I loved reading your comments. A belated "happy birthday" from Robert and me in Texas, and from Celia and Sarah, in Texas-en-route-to-Baton-Rouge.
Barbara Hyman
Dallas, TX USA - Tuesday, August 05, 1997 at 20:33:32 (EDT)
Wow... who would have ever thought that Lonnie's canoe rental would have made it on the internet? My Daddy as well as half my family lives in the Collins/Seminary area (I believe I'm related to half the county out there) and I spent my summers out there as a child and I manage to get back about once or twice a year now that I'm grown. Covington county has always been my second home and I've always associated very warm fuzzy feelings with Mississippi. Thanks for the beautiful photographs and making me realize that it's time I took that 10 hour drive on down to hug my Daddy's neck and do some fishing and watch my cousins play t-ball.
Sherri harvey
Austin , TX USA - Tuesday, August 05, 1997 at 13:07:30 (EDT)
Love the site! I like the choices of navigation too. If you get a chance, check out the Hattiesburg.Net at: Thanks -- john
John M. Janney
Hattiesburg, MS USA - Monday, July 14, 1997 at 11:26:16 (EDT)
What a joy to get back to Mississippi via the photos. Thanks.
Bill Boggess
Paris, France - Monday, July 07, 1997 at 16:30:44 (EDT)
Thank you for sharing these pictures.
Don Norman
Franklin, Wi USA - Sunday, June 22, 1997 at 14:30:08 (EDT)
Thoughtfully laid out with wonderful photography and inciteful copy. It was truely a pleasure to visit your site.
Michael Kristof
Ridgeland, MS USA - Monday, June 16, 1997 at 10:33:45 (EDT)
Born and raised in Moselle, MS, I enjoyed looking at the pictures of places I use to visit as a child. I was recently home, but did't have any time to visit any of the places my family and I use to go. Things have changed in the 26 years. Will make another visit in July.
Mary Talbutt
Springfield, mo USA - Saturday, June 14, 1997 at 02:36:13 (EDT)
It really says something special about the South when you read on this page the number of Mississippians who have signed the guestbook, especially those who are away and unable to return... who came here probably looking for glimpses of "home". What you have provided is just that in such a beautiful way. I was born and raised in Hollandale, and spent my young adult life in Greenville. I couldn't wait to get out of Mississippi when I was young...and now I can't wait to get back. I have been away for 5 years..and couldn't be more homesick than right now. Thank you for making this visual tour possbile! Would love to see more of the Delta in photos. God Bless.
Mrs. Kathy J. Therrell
Wichita, KS USA - Tuesday, June 10, 1997 at 02:13:42 (EDT)
Reminds me of home (Jackson). Hey, how about a visit to R & B joints? Need to expand to other parts of state; ie the Delta; must have Doe's Eat Place in Greenville; civil war battlefield in Vicksburg etc. Thanks!!!!! s & s story
Scott & Shannon Story
Charlotte, NC USA - Sunday, June 08, 1997 at 07:39:52 (EDT)
Just Beautiful. My favorites were Paul B Johnson, Chuck's Upholster, Shrimp Boats, Old Town, Coral Reef Great to see the B&W Shots, I have always preferred B&W to Color its shows much more talent than a plain color photo. thanks for a great site I am going to do a trip of the south in the future!
Jack Weeks
Victoria, BC Canada - Friday, June 06, 1997 at 12:06:49 (EDT)
The picture of the Brett Favre wall at the Broke Spoke has been posted on a Packer e-mail list. It brings back great memories of Super Bowl Weekend. My sisters picke me up at Gulfport airport and at 9:45 am we were drinking beer with Packer Fans at the Broke Spoke! Since I also have a Diamondhead connection, I enjoyed the rest of the tour as well.
Pat Dicke
Fairfax, VA USAFairfax - Friday, June 06, 1997 at 06:03:56 (EDT)
Great Job! Being in the USAF, My wife and I have been away for seven years now(excluding visits), and your page really takes us home. Biloxi' s home.
Derek Pinkerton
Tacoma, Wa USA - Monday, May 26, 1997 at 00:54:33 (EDT)
Brother, you have put into pictures what words cannot describe.I personally thank you for your work. I currently am working on my own.
Barry Pittman
Petal, MS USA - Saturday, May 17, 1997 at 21:53:54 (EDT)
What a great page, well organized and great photography. Visit my image site when you have time, it's a bit wild compared to yours but maybe you will enjoy my wacko style.
Tony Lothian
Hattiesburg, Ms USA - Tuesday, May 13, 1997 at 17:55:05 (EDT)
As a soldier in the US Army I don't get home, I'm from Gulfport, much. I really enjoyed the photos of the coast. Thanks for helping me remember home. No matter where the Army sends me, the Coast of Mississippi will always be home. Thanks again.
Bobby Bellanger
Ft. Hood, TTX USA - Tuesday, May 13, 1997 at 01:26:16 (EDT)
Really great stuff. Found your home page via Infoseek using the keyword "H. V. Cooper" where I too had Ms Aarons for English and graduated in 1965. Bill, I'm sure we knew each other. I see that you also work for IBM. Send me a note if you wish and let me know where you are and what you are doing these days...besides taking tons of great photos!
John Gallaway
Poughkeepsie, NY USA - Tuesday, April 29, 1997 at 21:01:21 (EDT)
As a Bay St. Louis native, Ole Miss '69 grad,and general all-round lost soul what pines away for the coast up here in the frozen Siberia-like wasteland called Illinois, you got my heart-felt thanks for the tour. I'll send you a picture of St. Rose de Lima from choir on the coast! Thanks again. Barry Lewis
Barry Lewis
Champaign, IL USA - Tuesday, April 22, 1997 at 14:33:04 (EDT)
Thanks for such a wonderfully nostalgic photo trip to the coast. I'm originally from Bay St. Louis and I enjoy your artwork immensely. I just discovered your incredible list of Mississippi Links and really appreciate the resource.
Georgie Necaise Morton
Jackson, MS USA - Monday, April 21, 1997 at 22:56:00 (EDT)
I really enjoy visiting just to be inspired. Thank you for taking the time to make such a page.
Billy Page
Petal, MS USA - Sunday, April 20, 1997 at 20:21:56 (EDT)
Enjoyed the photo tour,Great Job!
Bob Ward
Ramona, CCa USA - Friday, April 18, 1997 at 20:14:33 (EDT)
I still enjoy looking at your page. I have the picture of the Church of the Redeemer as my wallpaper on Win 95 at home and at work. It really looks good on a 17" monitor. Keep up the good work, it's great to see Mississippi again!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jimmy Jordan
Andersen AFB, Guam - Friday, April 18, 1997 at 19:27:38 (EDT)

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