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Biloxi Lighthouse

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Address: Hwy 90 & Porter Ave, Biloxi, MS
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+1 228-374-3105
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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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Biloxi Landmark

We have passed by the Biloxi Lighthouse numerous times over the years. Yesterday, we stopped to visit the icon. The lighthouse is the perfect back drop for a photo.... a Kodak... read more

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We have passed by the Biloxi Lighthouse numerous times over the years. Yesterday, we stopped to visit the icon. The lighthouse is the perfect back drop for a photo.... a Kodak moment.... it is located in the middle of busy Highway 90 which is always flowing with traffic. Please stop and observe this piece of history!!!! Lighthouses are an "endangered... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lighthouse is a beautiful one. It is right on Front Beach Road in the median. They decorate it for Christmas and Madi Gras.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Iconic structure, has survived numerous hurricanes. Stop at the visitor center nearby for good pics.

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Gulfport, MS
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I live in Gulfport and have driven past this lighthouse for years. I did not even know you could go inside. When I found out that I could take a tour to the top, I wanted to go. The tours are only from 9:00 am to 9:45 am, because the lighthouse is made of cast iron and gets really hot... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fast item for fans of lighthouses. Great for a family or just those of us who like marine destination.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

Not much to say, it's a lighthouse. We did enjoy the drive along Beach Blvd to get there and there is also a pier and a parking lot in front of the lighthouse. They are all located on Biloxi Beach.

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Biloxi, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016 via mobile

Many people living along the Mississippi gulf coast drive to from work everyday and drive by the historic lighthouse. It has been moved to its current location, in the median of highway 90. There is a historic placard you can read and take pictures of with the lighthouse in the background. It is lighted for Christmas and makes a great... More 

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lighthousekeeper80, Lighthouse Keeper at Biloxi Lighthouse, responded to this review

Greetings and thank you so much for your interest in the lighthouse and for coming to visit! I wanted to please elaborate on a few of your comments on your review. The lighthouse was built back in 1848 and has never been moved, it is still in it's original location. Originally we were surround on three sides by water. In... More 

San Diego, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

What to say, it's a lighthouse...there is not much else to see as compared to the other lighthouses I have see on the west coast.

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Altamonte Springs, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016 via mobile

I love visiting lighthouses and this was a nice roadside one. The only negative was that it was only open to the public from 9-9:45am to go inside. I did get a stamp for my book inside the visitor center and did go back the next morning. It is small lighthouse to walk up but nice.

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Biloxi, Mississippi
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

I live in the area. I've never really gotten the hype of this lighthouse. If it were on a cliff, huge lighthouse looking over the water, I could understand why people love it. It's nice to look at, yes. But it's really not that huge of a deal. There are better things to do, but I suppose if you can... More 

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