Hurricane Camille hit the Gulf Coast on August 17, 1969 with 200 mile per hour winds and high seas, causing widespread damage to Mississippi’s coastal areas. An estimated 259 people were killed by the storm and associated flooding across the southeastern United States.
This image shows waterfront damage in Bay St. Louis (Hancock County).
Damage to the Church of the Redeemer in Biloxi (Harrison County), where Jefferson Davis worshiped while residing at Beauvoir, is shown at left.
Here, a barge has grounded in the median of Highway 90 in Gulfport (Harrison County).
These images, created by John W. Nicholson, Jr., form a part of the Hurricane Camille Photograph Collection, which can be viewed in its entirety in the Digital Archives. The collection consists of 73 images from the United States Air Force, Al Fred Daniel, and John W. Nicholson, Jr.