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Hurricane Camille Photograph Collection

 Collection
Identifier: M315

Scope and Contents

The photographs in this collection are organized geographically, as the camera moves along the Gulf Coast from eastern Harrison County to western Hancock County.

Dates

  • August 19-29, 1969

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

Hurricane Camille began as a tropical wave off of the coast of West Africa on August 5, 1969, became a tropical depression near Grand Caymen Island by August 14, was upgraded to a hurricane over the western tip of Cuba on August 15, and struck the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a category 5 hurricane the night of August 17. She continued raging north through Mississippi and Tennessee, became a tropical depression, headed east over Kentucky and Virginia by August 19, moved off the Atlantic Coast, hit a cold front on August 22, and dissipated at sea off Newfoundland.

Hurricane Camille hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast around midnight on August 17. The entire Mississippi Gulf Coast was devastated. Downtown business areas were leveled, and power was out for up to 36 days. There was no food, no water, no working telephones, no utilities, and no fuel. Housing was sparse, roads were impassable, bridges were devastated, and debris was scattered everywhere. In Mississippi, there were 141 reported deaths, 75,000 evacuations inland, and thousands of wild and domestic animals killed. Insects tumbled in balls through the floodwaters presenting a public health menace, 64,154 families suffered losses, 3,880 homes were destroyed, and 41,875 homes sustained major damage. Damages wrought by Camille were in excess of $950 million.

The residential, social, religious, and business structures along the Mississippi Gulf Coast's U.S. Highway 90 from Harrison County to Hancock County are the focus of the 132 photographs in this collection. These pictures were selected from over 65 rolls of film originally taken as documentation to be used by insurance underwriters, and provided to the University of Southern Mississippi Archives as a representative sample selected by the photographer, Fred Hutchings. Thus, the photographs represent a primary source which investigates the impact of Hurricane Camille on the Gulf Coast in Mississippi. These photographs, taken in the ten day period of 19-29 August 1969, provide comprehensive documentation of of the devastation caused by the category 5 hurricane, and have been noted for a "certain amount of variety in the images, and a selection that includes scenes that have not been widely circulated".

Extent

.25 Cubic Feet (Photographic prints)

1.25 Cubic Feet (Photographic negatives)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Photographer Fred Hutchings' photographs of the aftermath of Hurricane Camille on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Arrangement

The first 5 folders consist of photographs that were taken primarily of residences, churches, and businesses. The last folder, donated separately, contains photos mostly of industrial sites, shipyards, and national guard assistance.

Folder 1 contains M315-1 through M315-34. These photos were taken on August 19, 1969 and begin documentation on U.S. Highway 90 in Biloxi, Mississippi near Ocean Springs Bridge, and work west toward the Edgewater Mall in Biloxi.

Folder 2 is comprised of photographs M315-35 through M315-55, which were taken on August 20, 1969 and begin on U.S. Highway 90 at the Confederate Inn Motel in Gulfport, and move to a residential area near Hardy Avenue in west Gulfport. All photographs from this point on were of property north of the highway, as there was no permanent construction on the south side of U.S. Highway 90.

Folder 3 consists of photographs M315-56 through M315-69, taken on August 21, 1969, which begin at the Gulf Park college near Beach Park Avenue in Long Beach, Mississippi, and move west through Pass Christian to Ponce de Leon and Sandy Hook Drive in Pass Christian Isles. It was on this third day of photographing these sites, that the sequence was interrupted in order to shoot photos in Long Beach and Pass Christian Isles. With the exception of these photos, the photographs follow the east-west sequence described earlier.

Folder 4 includes photos M315-70 through M315-94, which resume photographing in a residential area located in Pass Christian and move west through this gulf shore town to an apartment complex in West Pass Christian.

Folder 5 contains photographs M315-95 through M315-116 which begin at the Breath home in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and continue southwest of Bay St. Louis, depicting residences, churches, tree groves, and businesses damaged by Hurricane Camille. M315-166 depicts the Bay St. Louis Yacht Club, and is another photograph that was taken out of sequence on August 21, 1969. It is placed in this folder in order to retain consistency in the location-oriented provenance established by the photographer/donor.

Folder 6 holds photographs which were donated separately. M315-117 through M315-132 depict post-Camille scenes in the Gulfport Harbor which include ships and barges washed ashore, damaged buildings, and National Guardsmen and rescue vehicles. Residential, business, and highway photographs of the Gulfport area are also included.

Existence and Location of Copies

For Digitized Materials from this collection, see: External Documents link at bottom of page.

Related Materials

Hubbard (Bob) Hurricane Camille Photographs, M259

Hurricanes of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Collection, M282

Mississippi Oral History Program: Hurricane Camille Survivors, call number of transcripts F341.5 .M57x, Vols. 178, 201, 222, 223, 224, 225, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 240.

Photograph Log

M315-1 Cotton Compress, 28th Street in Gulfport, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

This photograph was taken in Gulfport, Mississippi after Hurricane Camille hit the Gulf Coast in August of 1969. Her 200 mile per hour wind tore the compress and the cotton it contained to the ground.



M315-2 Point Cadet, Biloxi, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

A house has crumbled to the ground in splinters of wood and pieces of tin after Hurricane Camille tore through the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The tree and telephone poles nearby still stand.



M315-3 Point Cadet, Biloxi, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

A house in Biloxi, carried by Hurricane Camille tidal surges, has landed on top of two cars, crushing them into each other.



M315-4 De Jean Packing Co. near Ocean Springs Bridge on us Hwy. 90

8 X 10 B & W August 19, 1969

After Camille, the DeJean Packing Company's main building still stands near Biloxi's eastern beach shores, but the fence has collapsed, and debris is scattered on the premises.



M315-5 Seafood Processing Plant near Ocean Springs Bridge, Biloxi, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

Most structures in this post-Camille photo of the seafood processing plant on east beach of Biloxi are still standing amidst scattered debris.



M315-6 Mavar Shrimp and Oyster Company, LTD in East Biloxi, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

The front walls of Mavar Shrimp and Oyster Company in East Biloxi along U.S. Highway 90 were blown away by Hurricane Camille.



M315-7 Houses near Ocean Springs Bridge in Biloxi, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 19, 1969

One house has collapsed down to the roof due to flooding and winds. The house next door has lost walls comprising the right front corner. Clean-up after Camille has started as evidenced by the preliminary organization of debris.



M315-8 House near Ocean Springs Bridge in Biloxi, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 19, 1969

All but the roof of a house in Biloxi has crumbled under the weight of Hurricane Camille. However, the live oaks are still standing.



M315-9 Motel near Trade Winds Motel off US Highway 90-Central Biloxi

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

The side wall and the second floor of a two-story motel has been demolished by Hurricane Camille, as were several trees standing near the right side of the motel.



M315-10 Church of the Redeemer in Biloxi, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

The Church of the Redeemer, which lies near U.S. Highway 90 remains mostly intact, with only debris and fallen trees as evidence of the category 5 hurricane that had passed through two days earlier.



M315-11 House near Church of the Redeemer in Biloxi, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 19, 1969

A sidewalk leads to stairs which had, two days prior to the taking of this photo, led to the front door of a house which was swept away by Hurricane Camille. Small trees lie uprooted in the front yard.



M315-12 House near Church of the Redeemer in Biloxi, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

The photograph depicts Camille's random destruction: A collapsed house l1es in between two houses which, located less than 50 feet away on each side, both still stand. The young live oak still stands in front of the house as well.



M315-13 Boat washed ashore near the Church of the Redeemer-Biloxi, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 19, 1969

The "Warde Klein" from Morgan City, Louisiana was deposited by Hurricane Camille between two houses and a live oak. Both houses still stand. Someone has painted the warning "Do not attempt to remove this boat" on the stern.



M315-14 House Near Keller Avenue, off us Highway 90 in Biloxi, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

This photograph depicts a two-story Victorianesque house whose front has been torn away by Hurricane Camille which deposited a tug boat on its s1de to the right of the house.



M315-15 The Hotel Riviera in Biloxi, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 19, 1969

Hurricane Camille has partially stripped the Hotel Riviera of the first and second floors. Furniture looks as though it was frozen in mid-slide from a second floor room. Debris is strewn about the grounds.



M315-16 Collapsed House near Lameuse in Biloxi, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 19, 1969

A sign hangs lopsided, reading "Cold 6 packs to go". The house or gas station was leveled to ruins during Camille.



M315-17 Central Beach near Buena Vista in Biloxi, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

The Bungalow restaurant still stands. A 3 foot pile of debris surrounds the building on all sides. U.S. Highway 90 cuts through the left corner of the photograph.



M315-18 Magnolia Hotel in Biloxi, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

This two-story structure survived Camille. However, there is architectural debris laid out for 50 feet on three sides of the building.



M315-19 Damaged House near Veterans of Foreign Wars, Biloxi, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

This photograph depicts the damage wrought to the first floor of a house by Camille. It has been washed away, and debris litters the yard and sidewalk.



M315-20 Buena Vista Hotel, Biloxi, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

This photo shows the damage that the five-story hotel sustained during Camille.



M315-21 Buena Vista Motel, Biloxi, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

This ground view of the Buena Vista Hotel shows what was once a lobby and part of the swimming pool before Hurricane Camille.



M315-22 House near Benachi Ave. in Biloxi, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

Hurricane Camille damaged the bottom floor of this two-story house and the oak that barely stands in front of it.



M315-23 House near Gulf Towers Apartments, Biloxi, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

Although the large live oak trees still stand with barely a broken limb, the smaller trees and brush lie swept aside. The house in the photo has collapsed inward, and the roof has fallen into the front.



M315-24 Near Lighthouse, Biloxi, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 19, 1969

Hurricane Camille has folded this gas station to the ground.



M315-25 Large house on St. John Street near Miramar Ave.-East Biloxi

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

A large two-story building stands badly damaged. The first and second floor in the front have been washed away by Hurricane Camille, and debris is strewn everywhere.



M315-26 Angelina's near Gus Stevens, Biloxi, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

Debris lies piled in front of Angelina's Market, which has been subsequently boarded up where the windows had been broken during the hurricane.



M315-27 McDonald's near Gus Stevens, Biloxi, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

Camille left only the foundation and metal frame of the McDonald's fast food restaurant. The Gulf of Mexico can be seen in the background.



M315-28 Golden Nugget, Central Biloxi on the strip

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

The Golden Nugget restaurant is not much more than a frame and a few walls. Debris lies in piles in the post-Camille clean-up process. Through the window holes, the Gulf of Mexico is visible.



M315-29 Motel Central on the Biloxi Strip

8 X 10 B & W August 19, 1969

A large cylindrical tank has been deposited by Camille in the driveway of a motel in central Biloxi.



M315-30 Sun'n Sand Overpass, U.S. Highway 90 in Biloxi, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

The overpass connecting the Sun'n Sand Motel to the beach sustained damage to the railing, but is otherwise in good shape consider1ng the violent power of Camille which piled mounds of debris on both sides of the highway.



M315-31 Sun'n Sand Motel in Biloxi, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 19, 1969

The Sun’n sand motel has collapsed in several places during the storm.



M315-32 Present Site of John Trader Restaurant, Biloxi, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 19, 1969

This beachfront site has been reduced to architectural debris.



M315-33 Beauvoir Front Gate, Biloxi, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 20, 1969

Beauvoir’s front gate susta1ned some damage during the storm, but the historic house itself still stands intact.



M315-34 House Near Edgewater Mall, Biloxi, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 20, 1969

This house located near the drive-in theater has been damaged by the uprooted live oak, which has crashed through the roof of the one-story wooden and brick house during Camille.



M315-35 Confederate Inn Motel, Gulfport, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 20, 1969

The crushed lobby of the motel is shown.



M315-36 Service Drive near Navy Home, Gulfport, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 20, 1969

Camille has reduced the road to crumbled shards of concrete. U.S. Highway 90 can be seen on the right side of the photo.



M315-37 House near Gulf Coast Military Academy, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 20, 1969

Hurricane Camille split many pines and oaks in the yard of this house, which is barely visible.



M315-38 Merry Mansion on US Highway 90 and Cowan Road, Gulfport, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 20, 1969

Hurricane Camille gutted this large brick house, reducing it to rubble.



M315-39 U.S. Highway 90 at Tea Garden Rd. in Gulfport, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 20, 1969

Olan Mills, a trophy shop, Wayne Davis Appliances, and the Beach Tavern on Tea Garden Road in Gulfport, Mississippi weathered the August category 5 hurricane with only minor structural damage.



M315-40 St. Mark Episcopal Church, Gulfport, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 20, 1969

Rubble surrounds a little white church which stood through Hurricane Camille.



M315-41 House Northwest of St. Mark Church, Gulfport, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 20, 1969

Camille didn't leave much evidence of a house except stone stairs leading to its remnants.



M315-42 Apartments west of Courthouse Road in Gulfport, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 20, 1969

Camille shredded the facing and walls of the front end of this apartment complex.



M315-43 House east of Hewer Avenue in Gulfport, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 20, 1969

Camille's upheaval left the Greek revival-like architecture adorning this house in shambles. Two of the four columns are missing, and there is also harsh damage to the bottom floor.



M315-44 House east of Hewer Avenue in Gulfport, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 20, 1969

Hurricane Camille sunk the front wall of this house so that only the top floor is visible.



M315-45 House near Roberts Street in East Gulfport, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 20, 1969

Camille pulverized this two-story house beyond recognition, while the house next door still stands.



M315-46 Near Roberts street in East Gulfport, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 20, 1969

This is the same photograph as M315-45, but the development of the photograph has been altered to show more details of the collapsed house.



M315-47 House West of Hills Place & near Thornton, east Gulfport, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 20, 1969

The first floor of this house has sustained damage during Hurricane Camille.



M315-48 On site of the Gulfport Holiday Inn, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 20, 1969

There is not anything in this photograph that would indicate what this building was before Hurricane Camille's inundation. Wood and tree limbs lie piled like matchsticks.



M315-49 Near Library in downtown Gulfport, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 20, 1969

A one story house has been battered so that furniture and architectural debris litter the sand-filled yard. Next to the house is a three-story brick building, presumably the library.



M315-50 Adjacent to Post Office Parking lot in Gulfport, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 20, 1969

The window has been blown out of the National Cash Register Company. Rubble lies piled on the sidewalk.



M315-51 Store by St. Peter's-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Gulfport MS

8 x 10 B & W August 20, 1969

A store converted from a 1.5 story house has been roughed-up by Camille, sustaining major structural damage to the frame.



M315-52 U.S. Highway 90 and 38th Ave in Gulfport, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 20, 1969

A very large drum has floated 1.5 miles to be deposited at the Humble gas station.



M315-53 Paper Bales from the Gulfport Harbor, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 20, 1969

This site of the Highway Patrol station on the corner of 8th St. and 40th Ave. has been bombarded with paper bales, which were reported to have weighed a ton apiece when wet.



M315-54 House near Jackson's West Beach Cottages in Gulfport, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 20, 1969

Camille knocked the back end of this one-story house on its side and filled the yard with debris.



M315-55 House near Hardy Avenue in west Gulfport, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 20, 1969

This photograph is of a badly damaged house in which the roof has caved in on the structure.



M315-56 Gulf Park College near Beach Park Avenue, Long Beach, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 21, 1969

The rear of a building pictured in this photograph has been demolished by the winds and tides of the storm. Tree limbs, bricks and other architectural debris litter the grounds.



M315-57 St. Thomas Catholic Church, Long Beach, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 21, 1969

Camille shattered the front of this church, leaving shards of wood, tiles, and glass.



M315-58 A & P in Long Beach, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 21, 1969

The local A & P grocery store has been badly damaged by the floods and winds of Hurricane Camille. The middle section of the building still stands, however both sides of the store lie in ruins.



M315-59 National Foodstore in Long Beach, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 21, 1969

The only things Camille left of this grocery store are a partial ceiling, some poles, and "ION" from the "NATIONAL FOODSTORE" sign.



M315-60 One block east of Island View Ave., Long Beach, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 21, 1969

Pictured from bottom to top of this photo are sand, a road (presumably U.S. Highway 90), and a portion of land which is littered with architectural and natural debris. It looks to be the atomized remains of one or more buildings.



M315-61 Golden Plaza Shopping Center, East Pass Christian, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 21, 1969

Camille left only the frame of a large warehouse-type building standing in this shopping center plaza.



M315-62 Chair on the beach, Long Beach, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 21, 1969

A drenched, easy chair without cushions rests where it was deposited by Hurricane Camille, facing inland.



M315-63 Pitcher Point Subdivision in Long Beach, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 21, 1969

In this photograph of two houses, one house is crushed, while the house next door still stands.



M315-64 East of Service Drive in Pass Christian, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 21, 1969

Loblolly pines lie split and broken across the long path to a house which is barely visible through the fallen trees and brush.



M315-65 939 Beach Blvd. in Pass Christian, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 21, 1969

This photo depicts destruction to a two-story house probably caused by wind, as it was unroofed rather than washed away at the foundation by flooding tidal surges.



M315-66 Service Drive in East Pass Christian, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 21, 1969

The service drive which parallels the beachfront and U.S. Highway 90 has crumbled to concrete, gravel, and sand.



M315-67 House north of railroad tracks in Pass Christian, MS

8 x 20 B & W August 21, 1969

There is major structural damage to this small one-story house which has lost its roof tiles, and several portions of the outside walls.



M315-68 House pilings in Pass Christian Isles, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 21, 1969

In this photograph, there is only a frame and rubble in the place of what was once a house.



M315-69 Ponce de Leon & Sandy Hook Drive, Pass Christian Isles, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 21, 1969

Behind the street signs, in the background is a wasteland of houses reduced to matchsticks.



M315-70 House floated from foundation in Pass Christian, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 21, 1969

A brick and concrete foundation sits in the forefront of this photograph. The stucco house which was, until Hurricane Camille, firmly attached to the foundation has been swept across the street to the neighbor's front door.



M315-71 House Floated into Street, Pass Christian, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 21, 1969

Camille lifted a house off of its foundation, floated it down the street, and deposited it behind a gas station.



M315-72 Business District Road destroyed in Pass Christian, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 21, 1969

A road which ran through the business district of Pass Christian is shown in this photograph to have crumbled.



M315-73 Pass Christian Business District, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

Camille sandwiched a car between a house and debris.



M315-74 Pass Christian Business District, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

Beside an office whose windows are blown out, lies a car which has been smashed under the weight of metal and wooden architectural debris.



M315-75 Along Service Drive is the City Hall, Pass Christian, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

Looking west--a wasteland of overturned cars, wooden and metal debris, and half demolished buildings lie piled before the City Hall of Pass Christian, which is nearly the only building still standing.



M315-76 Pass Christian City Hall, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

The Pass Christian City Hall was reported to have had three feet of water on the ground floor. It is one of the only buildings on this street to still be standing among Camille's holocaust.



M315-77 Near West Beach Blvd. in West Pass Christian, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

A gate, a sidewalk, a set of stone stairs, a foundation, bare live oaks, and stripped pines are all that still stand of what was once a large house surrounded by a fence and a grove of trees.



M315-78 Vicinity of 418 West Beach Blvd. in Pass Christian, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

A car sits in the yard next to a walkway that leads to an empty foundation.



M315-79 738 West Beach Blvd. in Pass Christian, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

A gate, a sidewalk, and stone stairs lead to a foundation where a house stood before Hurricane Camille's devastation.



M315-80 West Mid Oaks in Pass Christian, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

Hurricane Camille’s upheaval left fallen street signs and tree limbs.



M315-81 West Pass Christian, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

An American flag hangs low from a pine tree which is in a sand-filled yard void of a house.



M315-82 Sailboat in West Pass Christian, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

A sailboat has been deposited by Hurricane Camille amidst broken pines and debris. The Gulf Coast is barely visible in the background.



M315-83 Sea Wall erosion due to Hurricane Camille, Pass Christian, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

Large splinters of wood and slabs of concrete rest in a mixture of trapped sea water and sand behind the eroded sea wall which only partially separates the Gulf of Mexico from the shore.



M315-84 West Pass Christian near Henderson Point, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

A roof sank to the foundation of a house, and a stove lies in the front yard amidst other storm debris.



M315-85 Pass Christian east, end of Bay St. Louis Bridge, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

Hurricane Camille trampled this Pass Christian store as one entire side has collapsed into the rest of the building.



M315-86 East End of Bay St. Louis Bridge in Pass Christian, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

Only part of a building still stands among splintered architectural remains near a mangled sign on a broken road.



M315-87 West Pass Christian, MS, near Bay St. Louis Bridge

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

Shown in the photograph are two houses whose roofs have folded to the foundations.



M315-88 West Pass Christian, MS, near Bay St. Louis Bridge

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

This photograph looks down a road in which houses have collapsed, and strewn-about household appliances and furniture have been moved to the side of the road in order for traffic to pass.



M315-89 "WE SHALL OVERCOME", Pass Christian, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

A sign has been posted by Camille survivors on one of the few pines left standing amidst destruction. It reads optimistically, "WE SHALL OVERCOME".



M315-90 Watson, Pass Christian Isles, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

A roof has crashed to the ground among snapped pines during Camille's August ravages.



M315-91 West Pass Christian, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

Trucks begin to pick up Camille-wrought debris piled alongside a road in West Pass Christian.



M315-92 West Pass Christian, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

A house sitting among three other houses has sustained damage to the roof and the front side of the house, including the porch.



M315-93 West Pass Christian, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

A broken sidewalk leads to a crumbled house among stripped and snapped trees.



M315-94 West Pass Christian, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

Split pines surround a small apartment complex, which has sustained minor damage in the storm.



M315-95 Breath Home in Bay St. Louis, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

The address in front of this 1.5-story house, which has lost its front dormer, reads "The Breaths still breathe here Thank God". The inhabitants took shelter in the attic of the house during the storm.



M315-96 Bay St. Louis Christ Episcopal Church, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

The mid-section of this small church has been disintegrated by Camille's chaos, and broken scraps lie piled in the yard. The sign in front still stands.



M315-97 Looking north along Beachfront Drive, Bay St. Louis, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

Beachfront Drive has eroded, sliding slabs of concrete and shards of wood onto the sandy shore.



M315-98 Business District in Bay St. Louis, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

A row of buildings still stand on the right side of Vaughn Blvd., however the shore side has been leveled.



M315-99 Business District in Bay St. Louis, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

This is the same site as M315-98, but the camera is looking down Vaughn Blvd. in the opposite direction. The shore side destruction is more visible. Nothing remains of several buildings except for debris and one roof.



M315-100 Bay St. Louis beachfront seen from Railroad Bridge

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

This is the same site as the two previous photos, but taken from a distance so that the entirety of the beachfront devastation can be seen.



M315-101 Beach Drive near Star Theater in Bay St. Louis, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

A large two-story house sustained wind damage to the upper floor's front porch, where an oak tree still lies where it had fallen during the storm. A great deal of lumber, stone, furniture, and brush debris plaster the landscape.



M315-102 House north of Lafitte Drive in Bay St. Louis, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

The back wall and part of the roof of a house are still feebly standing among broken pines and oaks.



M315-103 House South of Lafitte Drive in Bay St. Louis, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

A driveway leads to an empty foundation among live oaks, which are still standing.



M315-104 Continuing South, House in Bay St. Louis, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

This photograph is of the same site pictured in M315-102, but is taken from a different angle.



M315-105 South Bay St. Louis, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

This photo depicts houses next to each other which both susta1ned damage to the buildings and the trees.



M315-106 Church near Farrar Street in Bay St. Louis, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

This church has a considerable-sized hole blown through the middle of the building. To the left is a foundation for another smaller building, and to the right of the church lies a flattened house.



M315-107 House near church on Farrar Street in Bay St. Louis, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

A house near the church pictured in M315-106 is shown. The roof has sunk to the foundation, below the door stairs.



M315-108 House near Farrar Street in Bay St. Louis, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

The houses in this section near Farrar Street sustained near complete destruction caused by tidal surges and winds as evidenced by yet another house nearby whose roof has collapsed to the foundation.



M315-109 Near Waveland Avenue in Bay St. Louis, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

A rocking chair, a rope swing, and a pillow sit near a fragmented sidewalk leading to a site of decimation that was once a house.



M315-110 Side Street vicinity of Waveland Avenue in Bay St. Louis, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

Remains of pulverized buildings and trees follow this road straight until it is no longer visible.



M315-111 House near Sears Avenue in Bay St. Louis, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

A sign is posted to an oak tree which invites people to an open house for the following New Year's Eve. It looks to be a post-Camille sign as it is made of cardboard and is still attached to the tree. But, this sign seems a bit hopeful in light of the devastation to this property.



M315-112 Church at Gulfside in Bay St. Louis, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

Hurricane Camille plowed a hole through the front side of this church.



M315-113 House near Clermont Harbor, Bay St. Louis, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

A house among many pine trees still stands. The amount of architectural debris near the house suggests another structure did not survive.



M315-114 Catholic church near Clermont, south of Bay St. Louis, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

A modest white church was spared the violence of Camille as only minor damages to the front door are apparent.



M315-115 House south of Bay St. Louis, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

The roof has completely vanished from this two-story house which appears to only have sustained that particular (roof) damage.



M315-116 Bay St. Louis Yacht Club

8 x 10 B & W August 22-29, 1969

This building, standing on concrete stilts, is only partially intact. The house sits directly on a body of water, and this fact no doubt aided Camille in the demolition of most of this building.



M315-117 Ships washed ashore at Gulfport Harbor, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

The "Hulda" and the "Alamo Victory" have washed up side by side on the sandy beach at Gulfport harbor after Hurricane Camille.



M315-118 Ship washed ashore after Camille in Gulfport, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

The "Silver Hawk" has been deposited by Hurricane Camille in the Gulfport harbor.



M315-119 The "Alamo Victory" after Hurricane Camille, Gulfport Harbor

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

This side view of the "Alamo Victory" shows the shape of the ship. Behind it is the "Hulda".



M315-120 The "Silver Hawk" and the "Hulda Monrovia", Gulfport, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

The "Hulda Monrovia" has been deposited directly behind the "Silver Hawk".



M315-121 Marine Life Oceanarium in Gulfport, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

The Marine Life Oceanarium resembles an airplane hangar after an air raid.



M315-122 Truck overturned off US Highway 90 & 32nd Ave., Gulfport MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

A truck delivering furniture was swept off the eastbound lane of U.S. Highway 90 by Hurricane Camille towards the Gulf of Mexico, and left in ruins on the highway.



M315-123 National Guard Rescue Vehicle in Gulfport, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

A L.A.R.C. National Guard rescue vehicle is in the Gulfport Harbor area amongst Hurricane Camille's aftermath. The right front tire appears to be flat.



M315-124 U.S. Highway 90 & 23rd Ave., looking west in Gulfport, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

Looking west in the eastbound lane on U.S. Highway 90, the photo 1s looking towards downtown Gulfport. The highway is covered with sand and debris. The leveled buildings make the area look as though it has been bombed.



M315-125 National Guardsmen "watching T.V." in downtown Gulfport, MS

8 X 10 B & W August 19, 1969

Amongst destruction in downtown Gulfport, National guardsmen sit in chairs facing an undamaged T.V. screen, as if watching.



M315-126 Sailboat near 14th St. and 22nd Ave. in downtown Gulfport, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

Yet another boat has been deposited in yet another debris-filled yard.



M315-127 Barge washed ashore near U.S. Highway 90 & 32nd Ave, Gulfport

8 X 10 B & W August 21, 1969

This ocean-going barge washed onto neutral ground of U.S. Highway 90, and appears to be tied to a palm tree. This barge was later floated back into the water by Navy Seabees.



M315-128 "Off the Air"--Radio station, WGCM, in Gulfport, MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19 -20, 1969

The antenna tower has fallen through the roof of the radio station's building.



M315-129 Gulfport Police Chief, H. Hobbs, speaks with the media

8 X 10 B & W August 19-20, 1969

A reporter interviews Chief Hobbs outside of the courthouse.



M315-130 Paper rolls washed in Gulfport yard

8 x 10 B & W August 20, 1969

Dr. Rupert Cooke, president of Gulf Park College, surveys paper rolls that have been washed 1.5 miles into his yard on the corner of 38th Ave. and 9th street. These bales, when wet, are reported to have weighed a ton each.



M315-131 U.S. Highway 90 & U.S. Highway 49 intersection, looking north

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

The buildings which line this intersection are in o.k. shape. Debris is sprawled everywhere. People are out walking around, and a National Guard vehicle blocks traffic passage.



M315-132 Mary's parked in the District Attorney's space, Gulfport MS

8 x 10 B & W August 19, 1969

An undamaged religious statue of Mary sits amongst debris in the D.A.'s parking place.

Creator

Title
Hurricane Camille Photograph Collection
Status
In Progress
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

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