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Biloxi Lighthouse

Hwy 90 & Porter Ave, Biloxi, MS
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Ranked #8 of 36 Attractions in Biloxi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses, Landmarks
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Owner description: 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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Owings, Maryland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

While the lighthouse sits right in the center of the highway in front of the visitors center. Its worth the trip up it. Its a $5 charge you pay at the visitor center. It is only open for tours for 45 minutes each day. 9, 9:15, and 9:30. Interesting stories about the light house from the guide.

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Lawrenceville, Ga
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

All of the personnel have stories to tell about this location and monument so it's a very special trip.

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Sunrise Beach, Missouri
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

After reading in a tourist magazine that the lighthouse is one of the most photographed tourist attractions and involves some "strenuous climbing", I was expecting something a little more impressive than the small structure in the middle of the main road - 53 steps and a short vertical ladder to the top. Wasn't worth bothering!

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New Orleans, Louisiana
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Easy to see and find, extremely well maintained and for those young and agile enough open to the public. Entrance fee of $5 to climb the spiral staircase to the light cupola.

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90 reviews 90 reviews
33 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Plan your visit around the morning hours and check in with the Biloxi Visitor center across the street for a tour of this beautiful landmark.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Very cool renovated lighthouse post Katrina. Nice man at top for history... Worth the five bucks to help out this land mark. Also nice pics from top.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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260 reviews 260 reviews
32 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This lighthouse really stands out from the surroundings, perched in front of the Visitors Center. It looked very clean, and the surrounding beach area looked inviting (except for the murky water!)

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Oklahoma City
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129 reviews 129 reviews
74 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The light in the middle of the road!!!!! Awesome. And to climb it was even more awesome. It's only 57 steps and a 7 step ladder at the top and it is worth every step to be at the top and see the world from such an angle. A person will meet you at the top and give you an... More

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Top Contributor
156 reviews 156 reviews
42 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

A definite landmark in the local community. It sits right in the middle of Highway 90 and cant be missed. The amazing thing is it is still standing tall after Katrina, Camille and numerous other hurricanes that have devastated everything else around it!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

People watching and views. Worth checking out in your down time from visiting the casinos. People were fishing there, not sure what they caught lol.

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