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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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Hanging out at the Lighhouse and Pier

Oddly enough, I enjoy going to Biloxi Lighthouse at night and going out on the pier. I enjoy spending time out there talking to people fishing and sometimes joining them. It's the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Although we were short on time and we're unable to get to the Lighthouse, we did view it from the vistors center across the street. The lighthouse is in the middle of Hwy 90. It Is beautiful and quite amazing that it has withstood 2 major hurricanes. Hopefully we can get closer on our next trip.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Oddly enough, I enjoy going to Biloxi Lighthouse at night and going out on the pier. I enjoy spending time out there talking to people fishing and sometimes joining them. It's the easiest pier to find at night for the most obvious reason.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Has been there forever. Will be our shining light through out all the Hurricane's. It has withstood it all. Take a picture and remember the beautiful Gulf Coast of Mississippi.

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Ft. Myers Fla.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Check out all the beautiful carvings along the highway also check out the Visitors Center for a great movie on the 2nd floor . . .and free coffee . .!! . . A GREAT historical town . .!!

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Davie, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The ride along highway 90 is a beautiful ride and the Lighthouse is worth a stop and visit. Great spot to take some pictures.

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Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

The tour guide was excellent, and shared many interesting facts about this one-of-a-kind structure. The view from the top was lovely, too. However...the climb up the 57 spiral steps and through the smallish trap door is not for the acrophobic or claustrophobic! I am both, and it was a bit unsettling. Still, I'm glad I made the trip up to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

The Lighthouse has survived during the ravages of time. It stands in a very prominent spot on the beachfront. The inside of the Lighthouse was closed to visitors.

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

Hello, the Biloxi Lighthouse IS open to visitors, 7 days per week. Tours tickets can be purchased at the Biloxi Visitors Center, are at 9am, 9:15am, and 9:30am, and cost $5 for Adults and $2 for Students. Please note that tours are only in the morning because of the extreme heat in the lantern room during summer afternoons. More 

Pasadena, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This is the most iconic landmark in the Biloxi area. Most pictures are taken of this lighthouse. The history of the lighthouse is pretty cool. They only had five light keepers. One woman was there for fifty years. The first light keeper was paid $400.00 a year. How the hurricane's have damaged the lighthouse and had to rebuilt. The visitors... More 

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Russell Springs, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I enjoy lighthouses, but was disappointed that I wasn't able to tour to, they are only open from 8-9am in the hot summer months and I was there around 10am. The lighthouse was build in 1848 to stand in the middle of a four lane highway, it seems a little odd to me. It has survived more than 20 hurricanes... More 

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

Hello, the Biloxi Lighthouse IS open to visitors, 7 days per week. Tours tickets can be purchased at the Biloxi Visitors Center, are at 9am, 9:15am, and 9:30am, and cost $5 for Adults and $2 for Students. Please note that tours are only in the morning because of the extreme heat in the lantern room during summer afternoons. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

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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