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Biloxi Lighthouse, Biloxi

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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 system

In 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.

Tours are offered daily(weather permitting) at 9.00 a.m., 9:15 a.m., and 9:30 p.m.
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  • October 3, 2017
    The lighthouse is on the median and over looks the Gulf and the white sand beach. Sunsets are beautiful from here  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    We been going to Biloxi once a month for years. We enjoy looking at this lighthouse every time we drive past it. it is a beautiful addition to Biloxi  more »
  • September 26, 2017
    There's nothing exceptional about this lighthouse but it is certainly worth taking the time to stop if you're in the area. It's amazing that it's still standing after the hurricane.  more »
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  • June 29, 2017
    Surrounded by sand. The pier gives you a special place to walk. Great opportunity for impromptu photo shoot.
  • July 3, 2017
    Neat tour for $5. You climb the spiral staircase to the top where you can see the Fresnel lens and the 200 watt bulb.
  • April 6, 2017
    Was packed with pokemon go players last time I visited. Sits on the median between two major roads. Be careful when visiting. People like to speed down beach boulevard.
  • July 6, 2017
    Everything was great. We even broke our souvenir on our tour and they replaced it for free.
  • July 8, 2017
    Great historical lighthouse on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, wonderful Beach area.

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If you come to Biloxi for its major attractions--gambling and live entertainment--book a room at one of the city's casino resorts. They offer every comfort of home plus private swimming pools, workout facilities, spa centers, on-site restaurants, and access to championship golf courses. To stay more affordably, consider one of Biloxi's smaller motels, located near major roads with amenities like cable TV, free Wi-Fi, and secure parking. You can also try one of the area's bed and breakfasts, which provide clean rooms and complimentary southern-style breakfast.
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