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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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Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

This lighthouse is in the median on hwy 90 located between beach and Visitors Center. Information about the lighthouse is in the visitors center with a film on the damage sustained during Katrina and other hurricanes that have hit the area. Parking at visitors center and limited tours of lighthouse between 09:00 and 09:30.

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Hastings
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

This lighthouse has stood through many hurricanes, it is across from the visitor center and a must picture of the area.

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Tangerine, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I had never climbed in a lighthouse before so I was a bit apprehensive. The steps are as you would assume--narrow and winding. But the railing and steps were in good repair and sturdy. At the top, there was a 5 runged ladder to climb to the top. I did not attempt that, but waited on the landing below. My... More 

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Ellsworth, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

even after the devastating effects of Katrina, this historic icon of Biloxi still stands...now in the median on hwy 90. A pilar of the community and salute to the historic past of the area

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 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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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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