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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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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... read more

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

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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Huntsville, Alabama
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85 reviews 85 reviews
35 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

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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199 reviews 199 reviews
25 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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30 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
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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Burlington, Kansas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The Lighthouse was not open but enjoyed the Welcome center, Saw alot of displays on the area. the Gentleman inside was very welcoming. Thought the Gift shop could of had more things for the local area to buy. Like Postcards.

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Dayton
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59 reviews 59 reviews
30 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The sturdy lighthouse is in the median of the Beach Boulevard, across from the visitor center. Katrina didn't have her way with the structure, which has stood there before the boulevard was built, and then some! A real treasure.

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Boulder, Colorado
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325 reviews 325 reviews
75 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 via mobile

It did seem strange that you would find a lighthouse in the middle of a four lane highway. This lighthouse is the only one still standing after all the hurricanes starting from the beginning of the 1900's. One reason is that it is made out of cast iron. The visitors center does have a camera at the top and a... More 

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Sun Prairie
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The lighthouse is small and in the middle of I-90. It can be used as a backdrop for a picture. But, it's location in the middle of I-90 makes it not the best location.

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Saucier, Mississippi
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I've seen a lot of lighthouses but never got to go inside except for this one. It's well worth the $5 to climb the stairs and see the cast iron inside of the lighthouse. Steep stairs, so not for physically challenged. View was wonderful! Warm up there in the summertime. I live here but still love it!

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