Pascagoula is a city located in Jackson County Mississippi (Just East of Gautier & Ocean Springs) on the mouth of the Pascagoula River and is home to the state’s largest employer (Ingalls Shipbuilding). Pascagoula has a long rich history on the Gulf Coast having been controlled by Native American, British, Spanish and French Nations the city has stood below many flags. Pascagoula (Means Bread Eater) was incorporated in 1892 & officially became a city in 1901 & in 1912 the town of Scranton, Mississippi was merged with Pascagoula giving Pascagoula a well defined downtown area.
Pascagoula is the birthplace and hometown to many a celebrity but none more well known and travelled as American Musician Jimmy Buffett. Jimmy Buffett is still a staple on the Gulf Coast and after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the area (nearly 95% of the city’s buildings were flooded or destroyed) in 2005 he sponsored a relief effort which included a concert of major musicians & artist held in nearby Gulf Shores, AL.
Pascagoula was home to Naval Station Pascagoula was located on Singing River Island, and was homeport to several Navy warships, as well as a large Coast Guard contingent. However, Naval Station Pascagoula was decommissioned as part of the 2005 BRAC recommendations and ceased operations in 2006. Prior to the World War II Pascagoula was a small fishing town, but thanks to the need for Ship Building for the United States Navy, Pascagoula’s population exploded.
Pascagoula is slowing starting to see a resurgence in population, in part by the major industrial employers in the area as employees are finding housing to be modest in price and investors are flocking to rebuild or rehab existing storm damaged homes. The population of Pascagoula has never fully rebound since the 1980’s when it was a major player in the Cold War’s industrial efforts, Katrina stunted growth yet again but with new building codes and flood zoning people are finding their way back to this beautiful city.