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Powerhouse: 1906

Powerhouse: 1906

Gulfport, Mississippi, circa 1906. "Powerhouse of the Great Southern Hotel." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


Later a Car Dealership

Although the Great Southern Hotel was torn down around 1950, the Power Plant building - or atleast portions of it -- remained in use until Hurricane Katrina gutted it in 2005. In the 1960's through the late 1980's, the building housed the local Ford dealership -- some parts of the building were demolished or remodeled to accommodate the dealership. The narrow part of the building -- the north end, fronted on what is now 13th Street in downtown Gulfport.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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