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Biloxi Lighthouse

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Address: Hwy 90 & Porter Ave, Biloxi, MS
Phone Number: 228-374-3105
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Description: The Biloxi Lighthouse was erected in 1848 and was one of the first...
The Biloxi Lighthouse was erected in 1848 and was one of the first cast-iron lighthouses in the South. It is the city's signature landmark and has become a post-Katrina symbol of the city's resolve and resilience. The light was civilian operated from 1848 to 1939, and is notable for its several female lightkeepers, including Maria Younghans, who tended the light for 53 years. In 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard assumed responsibility for the light's operation.After being declared surplus property in 1968, the Biloxi Lighthouse was deeded to the City of Biloxi, which eventually opened it to public tours.The lighthouse has withstood many storms over the years. Katrina's storm surge enveloped a third of the 64-foot tall lighthouse, and the constant pounding from the water and winds toppled many bricks that lined the interior of the cast iron tower. The storm’s winds also broke many of the windows in the light cupola and destroyed the structure's electrical systemIn March 2010, the city re-opened the lighthouse to public tours after a 14-month, $400,000 restoration that was funded by FEMA and MEMA and completed by Biloxi contractor J.O. Collins.
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Can't miss this historic landmark near the visitor center

This lighthouse is a historic landmark and has an interesting history. Learn about it when you visit the Biloxi Visitor Center across the street. Tours available. Inquire at the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

This lighthouse is a historic landmark and has an interesting history. Learn about it when you visit the Biloxi Visitor Center across the street. Tours available. Inquire at the visitor center. Free parking, free coffee, clean bathrooms.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

If you love Lighthouses you must stop by and see this light! She stands right in the middle of the four lane road. be careful during heavy traffic !

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La Canada Flintridge, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I'm trying to get a couple questions answered about visiting the lighthouse, but don't know how to get them ;posted! Thought they went through yesterday, but I see no answer! Need to know if the lighthouse will be ope for a tour on Easter Su n morning, & if so, where do I get tickets for my family? THANK YOU... More 

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lighthousekeeper80, Lighthouse Keeper at Biloxi Lighthouse, responded to this review

Good Afternoon, The Biloxi Visitors Center and Lighthouse will be closed on Easter Sunday. The Lighthouse is normally open each day weather permitting at 9am, 9:15am, and 9:30am. More 

Lindsay, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This is a must stop and see. Tons of history and refurbished very nicely. Presented in a proffesional manner with self guide hand held receivers

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Biloxi Beach with its sugary powdered sand is such a place to visit . The Lighthouse is situated right in between the Visitor center and the Pier. Such a beautiful place.Very friendly folks!

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Paris, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

just not worth the time for me. very brief. would have been better if there were more damage from the hurricane to be shown and the original lighthouse photo somewhere for comparison.

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Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

A great video is shown at the Visitors Center, across the street from the Lighthouse. It chronicles the repair of the lighthouse after the Katrina cleanup.

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Monroe, GA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Being made of cast iron, even Katrina could not wipe it out. The beautiful homes are now gone next to the beach but the light house still stands. I love it!

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Sagamore Hills, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

there were 57 stairs plus 8 ladder steps. you have to be in good physical health, but once you get up to the top it was incredible looking out into the Gulf.

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Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Lighthouse in the middle of road. Inside visitors center there's a video and pictures about the light house, its very interesting.

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