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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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The Lighthouse is in the middle of the road. But its a great sight to drive upon. We didn't climb to the top, but we did walk around and take pictures! Not the biggest or grandest... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 7, 2015
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Boulder, Colorado
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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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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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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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Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The staff members are so much fun and give great history! I love the painted water marks that show the different heights of the different hurricanes. It is worth the climb to the top to get such a beautiful view of the Coast. Well worth the small charge they have.

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Clearwater, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Amazing, historical display and located in a very convenient location. It is mind-boggling to imagine what this lighthouse has seen.

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Pottsboro, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The Lighthouse is in the middle of the road. But its a great sight to drive upon. We didn't climb to the top, but we did walk around and take pictures! Not the biggest or grandest lighthouse, but its still pretty!

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

It is a cute little lighthouse in the middle of a road and what you see is what you get. There is a nice pier and beach next to it which is nice to walk as well.

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Not an ideal location, but it was a nice view. Took some photos and then went to the beach across the street.

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Warren, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Well we did not get to the light house early enough to climb inside to the top..I guess its only $5..It was a lot shorter than I thought it would be.. Its literally sitting in the middle of the road..Lots of pictures were taken...The lighthouse is located across the street from the beach and the Gulf..My kids loved the beach..The... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I was lucky to have the opportunity to go inside and go to the top. Small narrow spiral stairs. But once at the top the view was awesome. It may not be the grandest or largest Lighthouse, but it has so much history. I read somewhere it was the last one of 12 that lined the coast at one time.... More 

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