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Biloxi Lighthouse

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Address: Hwy 90 & Porter Ave, Biloxi, MS
Phone Number: +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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The lighthouse is situated in the middle of a 4 lane highway, which makes it very unique. It is a beautiful relic of the area. You can get a great photographic view of it... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed May 16, 2016
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Pompano Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016

Go to the visitors center. You won't be sorry. You learn all you need to know about the hurricanes' devastation.

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

Hello! Our lighthouse has never been moved, it's in the exact location that it was originally placed back in 1848. The land has changed around our tower quite a bit. In 1848 the lighthouse was on a small peninsula and had water on three sides. During the 1930's, the seawall was built on the south side and stretched the length... More 

Lafayette Parish, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

Make sure to go to the visitor center first. Then take a walk to the light house. There was so much history you can learn in the visitor center. The lighthouse is very well kept. Even though it sustained damage due to Hurricane Katrina they did an amazing job fixing it.

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Aurora, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2016

After getting our tickets the previous day, a friend and I headed out early to visit the volunteer-run Biloxi Lighthouse -- the one on all the license plates. The first cast-iron lighthouse on the Gulf Coast, it's been an icon of the area for a very long time. Located in the center of Highway 90 (between east and westbound lanes),... More 

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Orange County, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2016

The lighthouse is situated in the middle of a 4 lane highway, which makes it very unique. It is a beautiful relic of the area. You can get a great photographic view of it, through some beautiful flowers, from the front porch of the visitor's center.

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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2016

I took a lot of pics of this but thats about all you can do is photograph it. There may have been more to it but we didn't see any tours or such people just walking around and shooting photos like us. but I am a huge light house fan!

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Bryan, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2016

I love the gulf coast. so much to see and do . lots of history here. awesome beaches. plenty of casinos. love it

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Southern Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2016

Simply a lovely lighthouse. Make sure to see the film inside the visitor's center nearby to get more information.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2016

This lighthouse is very unique because it is in the middle of the road across from the visitors center. It is on a small grassy median so you can get close to take pictures. I loved driving down the road and seeing the lighthouse from a distance. If you go into the visitors center across the street you can see... More 

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016

It reminds me of the lighthouses that dot the coast of New England, but this one is in a unique location. It is in the middle of the street on Beach Blvd right in front of the Biloxi Beach. If you like lighthouses, it is certainly something to see.

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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2016 via mobile

While driving along beach boulevard expect to see this Awesome light house. It's pretty neat and I hear you can actually take a guided tour inside.

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