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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
09:00 - 09:45
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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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Beautiful lighthouse.

Beautiful lighthouse but not much of an attraction. There are actually 2 lighthouses in Biloxi both worth a drive by not much for a destination.

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Benton, Arkansas
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Benton, Arkansas
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful lighthouse but not much of an attraction. There are actually 2 lighthouses in Biloxi both worth a drive by not much for a destination.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited the lighthouse, but did not have opportunity to go up inside. Survived Katrina and still stands strong in the medium of 4 lane Beach Blvd. Appears to be in reasonably good condition based on her age.

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Biloxi, Mississippi
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I really don't get the attraction,it's a lighthouse... it's nothing special really,just not my cup of tea.

Thank Mike S
Oakville, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

.... in the centre bivd. of a busy road that is open limited hours. The fact that its cast iron is kinda cool and the fact that it survived Katrina adds some interesting history, but its really just a Griswold photo opp.

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Evansville, Indiana
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had planned to see this lighthouse weeks in advance of our trip. Yes, it’s just a lighthouse, but it’s the only one left in its original location, and made it through Katrina. The day we went was filled with storm warnings and high winds, so we were there as soon as they opened before it all hit us. The... More 

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Pass Christian, Mississippi
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

And wonderful to take the trip to the light and view the surroundings. Been there since 1848 and still glowing strong

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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our first stop in Biloxi was the Lighthouse. It is literally right on the street. Can go up next to it...for free! Super easily accessible.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For $5, climbing to the top of the Biloxi Lighthouse has got to be one of the best things you can do in town! The views of the beach are great from the top, plus the tour guide will teach you all about the lighthouse and Biloxi history. The tours are only at 9AM, but I'm glad I got up... More 

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McKinney, Texas
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I always liked lighthouse. When I went to Biloxi that was one of the things I wanted to see. It's pretty cool located on the median of US90 next to the beach. Was able to take some cool pics in the evening.

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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

This is a very historical site, the only lighthouse in America in the middle of a highway. Quick stop, combine it with the train tour and visitors center

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