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“Seen the Mississippi license plate? This is the lighthouse on it”
Review of Biloxi Lighthouse

Biloxi Lighthouse
Ranked #9 of 59 things to do in Biloxi
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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.
Reviewed January 18, 2012

Beautiful lighthouse, and it's my understanding has been re-built. Kind of odd location in between the highway (So once you park you must cross traffic, but it's not bad). Follow up to previous reviews, it's open for tours, only two times a day at something around 9 AM, because according to them it gets too hot inside during the day. We didn't opt for the tour, it was enough just snapping pictures of it, and the beach is right next to it, don't miss this.

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Reviewed January 6, 2012

Lovely view of the lighthouse from the parking lot right across the street from it. Nice pier to walk out and the beach was amazing.

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Reviewed January 5, 2012

Always a Gulf Coast Landmark. A metal lighthouse that was here before the "war".

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Reviewed June 18, 2011

we enjoyed our tour of the lighthouse. the tour guide was very friendly and very knowledgeable. if you are new to lighthouses be sure and ask your guide about the lighthouse passport book. donations go to the preservation of our treasured lighthouses. be aware that in the summer it is very warm at the top of the lighthouse. we still enjoyed our tour.

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Reviewed June 4, 2011

Its alright to drive by at night but is much rather take my girl for a walk down one of the long lit up docks

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