Pascagoula, long known as a leader in Mississippi’s industry, also offers a wonderful quality of life with an array of outdoor recreation, high-performing schools and beautiful scenery. In fact, the city was recognized as one of Nasdaq’s Top 5 Cities To Raise a Family in the Southeast.
The county seat for Jackson County, Pascagoula is a progressive community of 22,000 residents that sits between two major waterways, the Gulf of Mexico and the Pascagoula River. You could go to the beach, cast a fishing line, go for a walk along a trail or launch a boat – with a myriad of places to do each, all within the city limits.
The region has a rich history that dates back more than 300 years. The Pascagoula were peaceful Native Americans who inhabited the area when Hernando De Soto first explored the Mississippi River in the 1540s. Their name means “bread people.” Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, who along with his brother Iberville settled the Central Gulf Coast, reported meeting with the Pascagoula tribe in 1700.
The Pascagoula River is also referred to as the “Singing River.” According to legend, Chief Altama of the Pascagoula and Princess Anola of the Biloxi tribe fell in love but were not allowed to be together. As a result of the union, the Biloxi planned to go to war with the Pascagoula and enslave their people. The Pascagoula – along with Altama and Anola – joined hands and walked into the river chanting songs of death. They drowned rather than allow themselves to be taken prisoners. Folks say they can still hear the voices echo when they are out on the river.
Of course, that’s the legend, the truth is not quite as fabled. The Pascagoula and Biloxi tribes left South Mississippi in the 1760s and headed into Louisiana. Never a large tribe, the number of Pascagoula declined and the remaining tribesmen most likely joined the Biloxi or the Choctaw. Some may have made their way into Texas and Indian Territory, what is now Oklahoma.
The native residents were followed by others who discovered all the region had to offer, including the Spanish, French and English. Pascagoula was incorporated in 1892 as a village. In 1912, Pascagoula merged with the town of Scranton, which sat where Pascagoula’s downtown is now located.
Pascagoula is home to Mississippi’s largest manufacturing employer, Ingalls Shipbuilding, a leading provider of ships for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Ingalls started more than 80 years ago building cargo and passenger ships, and now has 11,500 employees.
The city also has several other manufacturers and suppliers, including Chevron Refinery, Halter Marine and Rolls Royce.
In addition to being an industrial powerhouse, the Flagship City is home to entrepreneurs who have breathed new life into its downtown, with restaurants, boutiques, and a full slate of year ‘round events. Groups like Grow Pascagoula and Main Street Pascagoula work hand-in-hand with city officials and the business community to build a charming downtown that offers walkability, a range of amenities and a firm economic foundation.
Pascagoula is a resilient coastal city. More than 90 percent of Pascagoula flooded during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and a large number of homes, businesses and schools were destroyed. But local residents built back better and stronger.
American Power is proud to be a part of this progressive city that faces challenges head-on while maintaining a vision for a bright future. We’ve powered landscaping companies and construction projects for more than 20 years, offering a range of quality power equipment, including mowers, chainsaws, hedge trimmers, edgers, blowers and more. We provide excellent customer service and ensure you not only have the right equipment for the job, but also the knowledge to use it properly. In addition, we provide financing as well as after-the-sale service. Our mowers are designed to be hassle-free, saving you time and money.
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