City of Pass Christian
Pass Christian City Hall
built on the site of the former
and the former
four-story School Building is a monument to the victims of Hurricane Camille.
Following Hurricane Camille, former Mayor J.J. Whitmann addressed the Board of Alderman in January 1970 with a proposal for a new City Hall. He stated that $69,000.00 of the cost would be derived from the U.S. Office of Emergency Planning and $30,000.00 was to be from insurance payment from the old City Hall demolished by Camille. Preliminary designs were made by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Alderman Jim Cerra's comments were that it looked like a first class Chicken Coop. Local Architect John Mykolyk made revisions which were later accepted by the Board.
The new City Hall was to replace the former Hall which was condemned due to heavy damages sustained by Hurricane Camille. The Facility would provide 4000 square foot of space with a Mayor's Office, separate quarters for Clerk and Tax Collector and the Utility Department as well as a Board Room Auditorium to seat approximately 90 people. The site was determined to replace the "old Pass School" [which was closed in 1937] at Hiern Avenue and Scenic Drive at its present location. The Ground Breaking ceremonies were performed in August of 1970 with the acceptance of a Building Fund projected at $128,000.00.
The Corner Stone from the Old City Hall which indicated its construction in 1926 was placed at the site of the New City Hall flag poll. By February of 1971 the new building was completed and the offices were occupied by the City Departments and the Mayor. However, the building was not accepted as finished, as duly noted by Alderman Arthur Hyatt, "The roof leaks!" Alderman Clay Rick remarked that the Plaque spelling was incorrect. And Alderman Jim Cerra complained that he wouldn't vote on any matter until the lights were corrected.
On May 2, 1971 the new City Hall was dedicated to the memory of the victims of Hurricane Camille. Representative Jim Simpson, Sr. introduced Lt. Governor Charles Sullivan after the Flag Raising ceremony performed by Boy Scouts James Stanboro, Roger Fitzgerald, Raymond Fitzgerald, Malcolm Jones and Jimmy Rafferty. Approximately 700 Pass residents attended with other guests including former Lt. Governor Bidwell Adam whose father E.J. Adam, Sr. was a former Mayor of the Pass.
The old two-story City Hall, located at the foot of Market and Scenic Drive, was actually centered on Market Avenue and blocked the view to the Gulf. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was called in to demolish it in October of 1970 due to severe damages incurred by Camille in '69.
Monuments at City Hall
West side near front states on Metal Plaque about 28' square on raised beveled marble stone approximately 2' high front and 30" high rear — reads:
Named for the Channel of
Deep Water Discovered in
The Early 1700's and named for Christian L'Adnier. This Monument placed by the Bicentennial Committee of
Pass Christian, Mississippi --- July 4, 1976"
West side to rear of above monument,
Approximately 24' by 32" about 6" off ground on raised marble — reads:
Containing Historic Memorabilia
in Pass Christian,
in the Year of 1976
placed here by the Pass Christian
Not to be opened until July 4, 2076
Far West side near City Hall building is a marble cornerstone from prior City Hall building on Market Street destroyed by Camille — partially reads:
L.H. Spence Mayor
(More officials listed)
Pass Christian, Mississippi — Statistics
Pass Christian is located in Harrison County, Mississippi.
As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 6,579.
Pass Christian was the hardest hit city during Hurricane Camille in 1969, resulting in diminishing its population and its growth for several decades.
Pass Christian is located at 30°19'28" North, 89°14'50" West. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.3 square miles. Of which, 8.4 sq. miles is land and 6.9 sq. miles of it is water — resulting in 44.97% of the total area being covered water.
As of the Census of 2000, there are 6,579 people, 2,687 households, and 1,797 families residing in the city. The population density is 781.2 per sq. mile. There are 3,351 housing units at an average density of 397.9 per sq. mile. The racial makeup of the city is 65.91% White, 28.17% African American, 3.48% Asian, 0.62% Native American, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. 1.75% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 2,687 households out of which 27.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.6% are married couples living together, 16.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% are non-families.
27.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.3% have someone living alone aged 65 years or older. The average household size is 2.38 and the average family size is 2.88.
In the city, the population is spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18; 6.9% ranging from 18 to 24; 25.3% from 25 to 44; 25.2% from 45 to 64; and 19.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 41 years.
For every 100 females there are 86.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 84.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $40,743, and the median income for a family is $46,232. Males have a median income of $35,352 versus $22,195 for females. The per capita income for the city is $26,008. 10.8% of the population and 8.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 18.0% are under the age of 18 and 6.2% are 65 or older.
(added 1979 - District - #79001309)
Harrison County - Scenic Dr., Pass Christian
consisting of 2200 acres, containing 109 buildings.