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Biloxi Lighthouse

Hwy 90 & Porter Ave, Biloxi, MS
228-374-3105
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Ranked #9 of 36 attractions in Biloxi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses
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... more » 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. « less
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Greenwood, South Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The only lighthouse in the median of a highway, historic. Gets very hot inside go early or on a rainy day

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Atlanta, Georgia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

When you see the marks of the water levels of the hurricanes before Katrina, including Camille, it is telling of what this town went through. Be sure to see the movie in the visitor center.

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Titusville, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This was a good view of the lighthouse, however, the road could use grating. It was quite bumpy and had a lot of pot holes. We just took photos for a lighthouse lover friend. Do not know if you could actually go in or not.

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Oklahoma City, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

So happy they were able to restore this land mark of Biloxi. The view from the top was wonderful. It was wonderful to be there.

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

It was a nice lighthouse next to a beautiful beach. I thought it would be a little bit bigger and closer to the water. It is located in the median. I think that if I had been able to go into the visitor's center I might have appreciated it more.

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Colorado Springs, CO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This lighthouse is in the middle of highway 90 - an extremely, extremely busy road. It was hard to take decent pictures unless you wanted vehicles on the road in front of it. We parked at the visitor center. The only chance we had to visit was the afternoon & we knew tours were only offered in the morning. We... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Must take a tour at the visitor's center in front of Lighthouse . It tell's alot and the story behind the beautiful Lighthouse that is in the center of road , and stands very commanding and a much needed beacon in the night . It was damaged a few times by the storms over periods of time but seems restored... More

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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We love to go see lighthouses so we went from our orange beach area trip to Biloxi to tour this one. Tour time was 9am. The visitor center was nice where you pay to go on the tour. The girl giving it however, didn't seem to much like her job. She was grumpy and complained to another worker. She gave... More

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Enterprise, Mississippi
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7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This is a landmark for me. Its right on the beach (of course) and survived (K) well . Re-done and beautiful . The visitor center is next door with the beach - tram for sightseeing (Great) and peir with beach houses.

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Plantation, Florida
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86 reviews 86 reviews
53 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Very cool! I loved climbing it, and the museum across the street was awesome! I loved the whole experience!

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