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Long Beach, Mississippi

Nicholas and Marianne Ladner were the first Europeans to settle in the Long Beach area, building a log house, known as The Chimneys. The Chimneys was used as a navigation point by those traveling the coast to New Orleans. After the death of her husband, Marianne Ladner moved to the mainland with one of her sons, settling at Bear Point. Long Beach has a colorful history, including stories of pirates. One story details an English pirate, Captain Cleytus Pitcher, who roamed the coastal shores, burying treasures at Pitcher’s Point near Pass Christian. As a result of one drunken fracas in which Pitcher’s men burned down his treehouse—with him in it—some say the pirate’s curse still exists.

Long Beach was first named Rosalie, then Scott’s Station. Later, in the 1880s, the Thomas Brothers laid out open lands and changed the name of the community to Long Beach. Long Beach was incorporated in 1905. While logging initially drove the economy of Long Beach, once the yellow pine forests became depleted, row crops were planted on the cleared land. Between 1908 and 1923, Long Beach was a leading truck farming center, known as the Radish Capital of the World. Eventually, the type of long, red radishes Long Beach was known for fell out of favor. This led to a dramatic decline in the radish cultivation in the area, however, prior to that time, a bumper crop of long, red radishes resulted in 300 train loads of radishes sent to the northern states in 1921.

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