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Long Beach, Mississippi is a Gulf city in Harrison County. The community began as a logging area but when its pine forests were depleted, farming and agricultural town drove its econmy, based largely on the radish industry, and was incorporated as a city in 1905. The city was known for its Long Red radish variety but eventually, this variety of radish became less popular and its production declined. The city built the largest concrete seawall in the world in 1928, to prevent the erosion of the beachfront. Prior to 1950, the only paved street in the city was Jeff Davis Avenue, but most of its streets were paved in 1950, and its sand beach was built in 1951. Long Beach was hit strongly by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, destroying nearly all of the city’s buildings within a half mile of the Gulf of Mexico. Today, its economy is based on tourism, although it has not yet fully recovered from Katrina. Long Beach is west of Gulfport and east of Pass Christian. The smaller communities of Cuevas, Jones Mill, and Landon are also nearby. Biloxi, Mississippi is about fifteen miles east of Long Beach.


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