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Review of Biloxi Lighthouse

Biloxi Lighthouse
Ranked #6 of 59 things to do in Biloxi
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 3 September 2013

cool place to visit. very rich in history. The city has done well to maintain this historical landmark.

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Reviewed 18 August 2013

I have been going to see Light house from the Great Lakes like Thunder Bay light to Tybee Island Light, This one is one you have to see also, Katrina tried to nock it down and lost. It had to be fixed a little. While you are the walk across the street and visit the Bouvouir Estate residence of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. This was a real treat.

Thank Thomas W
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

This is a unigue and fascinating experience and sight on your visit to the coast. Don't miss at least seeing it and stopping into the visitors center.

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Reviewed 10 August 2013

I wish they had tours available for more times a day. Such a miracle that this has survived so much.

Thank Sharon C
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lighthousekeeper80, Lighthouse Keeper & Tour Guide at Biloxi Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2013

Glad you got a chance to stop by, our lighthouse is the only one out of 14 that originally dotted the coast to survive various hurricanes through the years. The tour times right now are completely dictated by the weather. Most other lighthouses include going on the outside balcony as part of the tour but our railing is too low for that. So our visitors climb 62 steps into our window-filled lantern room where temperatures easily climb into the triple digits in the late morning hours. I hope you'll have a chance to visit and climb the tower, the view is awesome up there!

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Reviewed 5 August 2013

Did not go inside but I love lighthouses and took several cool photos. You have to be there at 9:15to climb to top with someone from visitors center. Still and awesome sight and close to other attractions. Nice to see Biloxi's recovery going strong.

Thank ellenkay
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