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The Buena Vista Hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi circa 1940

The Buena Vista Hotel was designed by architect Carl Matthes with a mission-style, stucco design and opened on July 4, 1924. The Buena Vista was 5 stories tall with 200 guest rooms. The hotel was built in a U-shape facing the Mississippi Sound on the north side of the Old Spanish Trail which became U.S. Route 90. Although the hotel almost closed for lack of business during the Great Depression, it was purchased by local attorney, James Love Jr. in 1938, and began a comeback, as the new owner developed the concept of attracting convention business. Within 15 years, Love and his staff had transformed Gulf Coast tourism by attracting more than 100 conventions to the hotel each year. During summers, the hotel hosted Mississippi’s Miss Hospitality Pageant, and business thrived through the 1950's. In 1958, a new motel style addition was added on the beach side of the hotel, south of U.S. Route 90. With the construction of motel chains and the Interstate Highway System in the 1960's, business began to decline at the Buena Vista because tourists had more lodging options throughout the Gulf Coast. The death blow came in 1969 when Hurricane Camilleblew out windows and its tidal surge flooded the hotel lobby and ground floor. Love sold the property in 1971, and the grand hotel slowly deteriorated. The hotel was destroyed by fire in 1991, and the property was purchased for economic development in 1993. In 2013, the Governor of Mississippi and Biloxi city officials announced plans for a minor league baseball park to be built on the site of the former Buena Vista Hotel. MGM Park opened on June 6, 2015, as the home field for the Biloxi Shuckers baseball team.

Postcard from Buena Vista Hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi

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Postcard from Buena Vista Hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi

The back of the postcard reads: THE BUENA VISTA MOTEL AND HOTEL . . . Right on the Gulf at Biloxi, Mississippi, combines luxurious resort hotel accommodations with a new beach motel. Your choice of motel or hotel service. 100% air-conditioned. Drive-in and park convenience. The double pool, heated in winter, is the center of a delightful relaxation and recreation area. Three fine restaurants. Cocktail lounge. Accommodations for 700 guests. Mirro-Chrome Card.

The back of the postcard reads: The Buena Vista Hotel-Motel, Biloxi, Miss., convention center on the Golden Mississippi Gulf Coast, offers the finest in modern Hotel-Motel accommodations. Complete convention and resort facilities on U.S. Highway 90.

Buena Vista Hotel - Biloxi