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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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Interesting location.

Interesting location of a lighthouse on a major highway. Located in a scenic road with close location to the Gulf of Mexico.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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St Petersburg
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St Petersburg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Interesting location of a lighthouse on a major highway. Located in a scenic road with close location to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Ashland, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

i have been visting the coast for a few years now and i go more and more each year, i alway look at the light house i have never been inside but hope to soon ,see i have heart trouble it has with stood every thing that the ocean has hit it with its is still as beauitful as ever... More 

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Southside, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The Lighthouse is a little piece of history in Biloxi. It was close to the beach, and easy to find. It is surprising to me that the lighthouse was actually left in its current location, but I was glad it was. I recommend seeing it while you are in Biloxi.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

They only do tours at 9am, 9:15 and 9:30am. Great views! Get your tickets at the Visitor Center across the street.

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Sevierville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Great local history, there is plenty of it. It is well worth the time to see that atractions and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

It is cute and easy to walk to, but you can not go inside. The center accross the street is wonderful!

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

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

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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