The Legend of the Singing River
On quiet summer evenings a mysterious yet beautifully haunting sound can be heard emanating from the waters of Singing River. From the time of the earliest settlements in the area, writers have noted and pondered the source of the mysterious sounds of Singing River.
The legend attributed to the mysterious sounds tell a sad but beautiful story of the extension of the Pascagoula Indians. The Pascagoulas, a peaceful, gentle tribe, were beset upon by the neighboring Biloxi Indians, a fierce, warlike tribe. Having lost several battles with the Biloxi Indians in which many of the Pascagoula warriors were killed, and with the shouts of their victorious foes ringing in their ears, the Pascagoulas resolved to die rather than be enslaved. All the men, women and children of the Pascagoulas clasped their hands together and marched into the serene waters of the Singing River chanting their death song, perishing beneath the waves. It is a beautiful legend of courage and love and the eternal death song of the Pascagoula Indians can be heard by all those who care to listen upon the banks of Singing River.
Pascagoula got its name from a band of peaceful Native Americans (Pascagoula means 'bread eaters') who first inhabited the area. Unfortunately they are now extinct after having drowned themselves chanting as they waded into the deepening river waters when they were about to be enslaved to the fierce Biloxi, the enemy. This sad event has resulted in Pascagoula also being known as the "Singing River" city by the sea.
Pascagoula has a rich history of being a European settlement dating back over 300 years when it was inhabited first by the Spanish, followed by the French and English settlers. This was the gathering place of nations who came here to trade, build or buy ships and has now become Mississippi's premier and busiest port. The states largest shipbuilding employer is here as well as other industries such as a Chevron refinery, First Chemical Corporation, BP/Amoco and Goldman Offshore just to name a few. The Pascagoula Naval Station is located on the Singing River Island and is the homeport to several Navy warships as well as a large Coast Guard contingent.
Mississippi's 8th largest city, Pascagoula is the County Seat of Jackson County. There are roughly 30,000 residents here.
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