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Biloxi Lighthouse

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Address: Hwy 90 & Porter Ave, Biloxi, MS
Phone Number: +1 228-374-3105
09:00 - 09:45
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 09:45

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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A nice lighthouse but open only for 45 minutes a day

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Nancy U
Altamonte Springs, Florida
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Biloxi, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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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San Diego, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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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Bellevue, Nebraska, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

While visiting Biloxi MS, I had this on our things to do list, and was glad we made it. You buy a ticket across the street from the new Welcome Center and a guide takes you up to the top to the viewing area. You can look out over the gulf cost and the city, Well the price, but would... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Lovely old lighthouse. Unfortunately, because of the cast iron built, tour times are very limited. Not to mention that the lighthouse sits smack dab in the middle of a busy road. Very nice, though. Worth a visit to take a photo or two even if you can't get inside.

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Parsonsburg, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

View was well worth the climb. This lighthouse withstood numerous hurricanes, including Camille and Katrina. Still remained tall among the debris & devastation. A symbol of the residents.

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Slidell, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This lighthouse is plain, but pretty. It's a great photo op, but is situated in the middle of U.S. Highway 90, which makes it hard to visit & photograph...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Always a place to stop and take photos. It is an amazing lighthouse full of history. Always stop there when we are in Biloxi.

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Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

This lighthouse has limited tour times, early morning only, 9, 9;30 & 10, They told us because of the heat that builds during the rest of the day due to its cast iron frame. It has a most unique location, between the opposing lanes of traffic of Beach Rd (US Route 90) right in front of the Visitor's Center. Even... More 

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