The Bridge Gracing This Souvenir Fridge Magnet Crosses Mississippi's St. Louis Bay
Mississippi's Gulf Coast is a beautiful, if in recent times troubled, region. This souvenir fridge magnet depicts the St. Louis Bay Bridge, a four lane crossing along US Route 90 which runs along the Gulf Coast. St. Louis Bay itself is formed by waters draining from the "blackwater" - or swampland- tributaries of the Mississippi River. The Bay is near a number of metropolitan areas, including the city of Biloxi and suffers from some pollution but remains a beautiful location for boating or simply admiring from the rails of the St. Louis Bay Bridge. The swamplands themselves are rich with wildlife and serve as habitat for numerous bird species, as well as the American Alligator. The region is also known for its large number of coastal casinos, especially in the nearby cities of Biloxi and Gulfport.
The Gulf Coastline: A Land of Tragedy and Recovery
In recent years, America's coastline along the Gulf of Mexico - including the states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida - has been battered numerous times. The first was in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit the region. While the devastation was most visible in the city of New Orleans, the entire coastline was affected. For instance, the St. Louis Bay Bridge had to be closed due to dmaage from the storm surge. This was followed up by the tragedy on the Deepwater Horizon, an oil platform that catastrophically exploded in 2010. The resulting events poured raw petrol into the Gulf, causing ecological devastation up and down the coast, affecting both fishing and tourism. It was the largest off shore oil spill in American history. However, since that time, the region has worked hard - with considerable federal assistance- at recovering. Today the beaches, restaurants and casino ships have reopened and tourists are returning to the region.