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Gautier, Mississippi is in Jackson County, situated along the Gulf of Mexico, west of Pascagoula. Named for the Gautier family, whose descendants are still well represented in the area, the town’s name is pronounced as GO-chay. Coming from Lyon, France, the Gautier family built a large homestead at the mouth of the Pascagoula River Basin in 1867, and also established a sawmill business, around which the town grew. Known locally as The Old Place, the Gautier plantation still stands, and is owned by descendants of Fernando Upton Gautier and his wife, Theresa Fayard Gautier. Gautier was primarily rural until World War II, and shipyard workers moved into the area for work at a local shipyard. The city was incorporated in 1986. Currently, the town is a bedroom resort community surrounded on three sides by bayous and wetlands, featuring golf courses, large homes, and historic properties, offering recreational opportunities and eco-tourism. Admiral David Glasgow Farragut lived on the West Bank of the Pascagoula River, leaving Gautier at the age of ten. Apart from Pascagoula, its nearest neighbor, other nearby communities include Escatawpa, Gulf Park Estates, Hickory Hills, and Moss Point. Biloxi, Mississippi is about sixteen miles to the west.

 

 

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