Biloxi Lighthouse, Biloxi
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.It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Biloxi Lighthouse and many more Biloxi attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Biloxi road trip planner .
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.
Biloxi Lighthouse Reviews
We happened to get to the lighthouse at 9:40 right when they were getting ready to close it and the nice young gentleman told me I could take the last tour if I had the $5 fee on me because I wouldn't... more »
This amazing lighthouse is a must see! Visit & walk up inside Great view of the man made beach & up the highway more »
The beach is real nice and bright. Seagulls flying up and then down beak first for their food. Very clean. Every where you go there will always be someone that has to bug the hell out of you. The pier is great when NOT being harassed!!!
It's a lighthouse so it's already awesome. But, this one sits in the middle of the road. Good news is there is a parking lot easily accessible from either direction where you can pull into and get some photos of it. We have stopped to see it day and night now, stopped on a foggy night in March this year and it was very pretty all lit up at night.
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