Pass Christian, Mississippi

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Pass Christian (pronounced "kris-CHAN" or "kris-chee-ANN" [rather than "KRIS-chin" as in an adherent to Christianity]), nicknamed The Pass, is a city in Harrison County, Mississippi, United States, along the Gulf of Mexico. It is part of the GulfportBiloxi, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 6,579 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Pass Christian is located at 30°19′28″N 89°14′50″W / 30.32444°N 89.24722°W / 30.32444; -89.24722 (30.324463, -89.247214)[1]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.3 square miles (39.6 km²), of which, 8.4 square miles (21.8 km²) of it is land and 6.9 square miles (17.8 km²) of it (44.97%) is water.

The ZIP code of Pass Christian is 39571. Geographicaly, the town of Pass Christian is peninsular, with water on three sides: the Gulf of Mexico to the south, the Bay of St. Louis to the west and a long stretch of bayou to the north. The area north of the bayou, known as DeLisle (pronounced "duh LILL" or "duh LEEL"), shares a zip code with and is officially part of Pass Christian, yet has always had a separate name (formerly Wolf Town or Wolftown for reasons that were obvious at the time).

History

Pass Christian was named for a nearby deepwater pass, which in turn was named for Nicholas Christian L'Adnier who lived on nearby Cat Island beginning in 1746. (Another nearby pass, Pass Marianne, was named for L'Adnier's wife Marianne Paquet.)[1]

In 1781 all of Pass Christian peninsula was owned by Julia de la Brosse (Widow Asmard). Upon her death in 1799, Widow Asmard deeded 800 arpents - the entire downtown Pass Christian - to Charles Asmar, her freed slave, who upon his death left the property to his heirs. Pass Christian was officially charted as a town in 1848. [2]

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