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“Bay view” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Biloxi Lighthouse

Biloxi Lighthouse
Hwy 90 & Porter Ave, Biloxi, MS
228-374-3105
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Ranked #9 of 36 attractions in Biloxi
Type: Lighthouses
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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.
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“Bay view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Saw the lighthouse from the Biloxi Tourist Center. Museum about the lighthouse was interesting, inside the tourist center. Great photo op!!!

Visited February 2013
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MORENO VALLEY
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“Lighthouse in traffic.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

This historic lighthouse is located in the median of the main highway along the coast, Beach Boulevard. You can climb the lighthouse by first going to the visitor center across the street.

Visited February 2013
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“Good luck getting a tour”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We were there for 4 days and couldn't manage to get a tour. Not there when hours said. Only offered 3 tours daily at 9, 915, and 930 if someones there. Cool to look at from the beach. It appears to be a working lighthouse.

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lighthousekeeper80, Lighthouse Keeper & Tour Guide at Biloxi Lighthouse, responded to this review, June 23, 2013
I'm sorry that you weren't able to climb the lighthouse during your stay. The lighthouse is open 7-days per week at 9, 9:15, and 9:30am weather permitting. We had a very wet winter so I'm not sure if conditions were rainy or foggy during your January trip. We also conduct tours early because the temperature inside the lantern room are far too high during afternoon hours and due to the railing being so low, we don't allow guests on the service balcony.

Tickets as well as other information about the lighthouse and tour status can be received from the visitors center across the street. Please stop by on your next trip into town!
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“Great View!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

If you are already at the Visitors Center across the street definitely do the lighthouse tour! One of the Visitors Center attendants takes you over (it's cool how the lighthouse is now in the middle of the road) and gives a little talk about it and how it actually came to be in the middle of the road and then you climb to the top and what an awesome view from the top. The woman that we had as our guide was very knowledgable and pleasant and we enjoyed the little tour!

Visited January 2013
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“Biloxi Lighthouse”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

The Biloxi Lighthouse sits on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico.Very interesting and worth viewing.The white sands of the Gulf makes the lighthouse look even more picture perfect it its days of glory when the ships were one of the sources of transporation.

Visited April 2012
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