NASA’s largest test facility for rocket engines is the John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi, on the east bank of the Pearl River. The site of the facility, later named for Senator Stennis, was picked in 1961. An acoustic buffer zone around the facility was needed—which meant relocating more than 700 families. The tiny towns of Logtown, Napoleon, Santa Rosa, Westonia, and Gainesville were completely abandoned. So was a part of Pearlington. Today, the buffer zone is a good area for fishing and for birdwatching. There are a number of boat launches and trails. Swainson’s Warblers nest near the Logtown site. Other birds found in the area during breeding season include Swallow-tailed Kite, Mississippi Kite, Yellow-throated Warbler, and Prothonotary Warbler. The nearby Infinity Science Center has interesting displays. A dead swamp on the Napoleon Road. The Pearl River. Lovely live oaks with spanish moss, near the Pearl River.
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