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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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It's something we do,when we know a lighthouse is near us, we just stop a take a picture. Never been to Biloxi before so we stopped to see it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

It's something we do,when we know a lighthouse is near us, we just stop a take a picture. Never been to Biloxi before so we stopped to see it.

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Ridgeland, Mississippi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

A Mississippi landmark. Storm tried and holding on. It is a lighthouse in the great state of Mississippi. Who would expect it? It is beautiful. Fun to look at. Not a large amount of time to waste. Can't go in. Just enjoy the history, survival, and beauty of a southern light house.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Beautiful during the day and at night. We walked all over Biloxi and saw all kinds of neat stuff. It was hot but fun. The visitor center is located directly behind the lighthouse. All the history and information about the lighthouse was there. It is still standing even after Katrina. Amazing.

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Columbus, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Learn about the historical facts about what happened to it, during the Hurricane of Katrina. And how long it took to rebuild it, and what kind of process it took.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Mostly just a road-side stop during a much bigger road trip, but still wished it would've been possible to go up inside while we were there. Apparently, it's not open for tours in the afternoon, so that was a little disappointing, but it was still nice to look at!

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livingston, tx
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I love lighthouses so I am very biased. Didn't get to go in because it's by appointment and we didn't know that........would have liked to, though.

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D'Iberville, Mississippi
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I liked that it was still standing after Katrina devastation. I didn't like that you had to cross two lanes of high speed traffic to get to the actual lighthouse, which meant we didn't actually 'touch' the lighthouse we just looked at it.

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Bellefontaine, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

If you have trouble with stairs or heights, this is NOT for you! Once at the top, the view is amazing though. Although I though $5/person was a bit much. Our tour guide did not say a word, other than to tell us about his personal issues. Not a word about the history of lighthouse. Worth it if you can... More 

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Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Who can resist a lighthouse tour? Especially one that stood up to Hurricane Katrina! Don't miss this in Biloxi -- and ask about the $20 ticket special that also includes the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, the George Ohr Museum and the Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs: it is amazing that so many god museums are available -- great... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Nothing super special but a neat little visit. Price could be a little less. My 5 & 6 year olds climbed up with no problems.

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Additional Information about Biloxi Lighthouse

Address: Hwy 90 & Porter Ave, Biloxi, MS
Phone Number: 228-374-3105
Location: United States  >  Mississippi (MS)  >  Biloxi
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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