Pass Christian, located in Harrison County Mississippi, has a long and colorful history. Artifacts have been found indicating that the area has been inhabited for thousands of years. The many Indian mounds which once dotted the city have been destroyed by artifact hunters, developers, hurricanes, and farmers.
Discovered by French-Canadian explorers in 1699, it was named after the deepwater pass. This channel provided access to the area which in turn was named for Nicholas Christian L’Adnier who resided on Cat Island in 1746.
Upon her death, the owner, Julia de la Brosse, deeded the land to Charles Asmar, who in turn left it to his heirs. The Pass, as it’s referred to by locals, officially became a town in 1848.
The Pass, was a popular vacation area for wealthy folks from New Orleans. It was the site of the first yacht club in the south and the second in the United States. Devastated in August of 1969 by Hurricane Camille which took the lives of eight residents, the city recovered only to be ravaged again by Hurricane Katrina in August of 2005. This storm with its 27.8 foot damaged all but 500 of the 800 homes in the city.
But today, the city has once again been rebuilt into the charming southern town it once was.
• Total 15.27 sq mi (39.54 km2)
• Land 8.24 sq mi (21.33 km2)
• Water 7.03 sq mi (18.21 km2)
Elevation 13 ft (4 m)
ZIP code: 39571