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“Lighthouse”
Review of Biloxi Lighthouse

Biloxi Lighthouse
Ranked #6 of 60 things to do in Biloxi
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Knoxville, Tennessee
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Lighthouse”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

Thought it was a lighthouse you could climb, didn't realize it was in the middle of road between lanes

Visited October 2012
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Fort Worth, Texas
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125 reviews
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“Biloxi Lighthouse 2012”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

Not much too see anymore ... just a small light housee in the middle of the road ..... I'm sure it was very pretty at one time.;

Visited September 2012
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2 Thank Traci M
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Louisville, Kentucky
Level 4 Contributor
17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Lighthouse and Tourist Center”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

Front porch with rocker to view the ocean and read the brochures from inside so you can plan what you want to do.

Visited September 2012
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Talihina
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“cool picture spot”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

It was cool to see the old light house and how they had preserved it. Funny how they built the road around it. You have to watch for traffic if you want to get up close.

Visited August 2012
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Blue Springs, Missouri
Level 5 Contributor
41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Worth seeing!”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

We did not realize we were to go across the street to the Visitors Center to purchase our tickets. The tour guide "trusted us on our honor" to take the tour and then pay. It is a nice, easy climb and a beautiful view at the top.

Visited August 2012
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