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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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  • Interesting history of the lighthouse and its keepers. Great fun to climb to the top and enjoy the views. 
    Interesting history of the lighthouse and its keepers. Great fun to climb to the top and enjoy the views.  more »
  • Our family was staying in Gulf Shores, AL for Spring Break, and we decided to take a trip over to Mississippi since we were so close. Our original plan didn't work out because of wind advisory, but... 
    Our family was staying in Gulf Shores, AL for Spring Break, and we decided to take a trip over to Mississippi since we were so close. Our original plan didn't work out because of wind advisory, but...  more »
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  • Nice to be able to go inside a working lighthouse. We climbed to the top of the stairs and the views were beautiful. It was nice to learn all about the lighthouse and area - there is a binder up at the top with some great information and historical pictures etc. It is only open 9-10 am so plan accordingly!
  • Cool little lighthouse. In the middle of a fairly busy street so felt a bit underwhelming/oddly placed. It’s only open for 45 minutes in the morning, so not a ton to do/see throughout the rest of the day. Makes for a couple good quick photos as you make your way through the city.

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