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“My wife and I love lighthouses and this is another winner”
Review of Biloxi Lighthouse

Biloxi Lighthouse
Ranked #8 of 57 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.
Baton Rouge,Louisiana
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“My wife and I love lighthouses and this is another winner”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

We decided to travel US Hwy. 98 (Mississippi coast) on our latest trip to Orange Beach, Alabama and see what the recovery looked like since Hurricane Katrina. The beach front attractions are recovering and we enjoyed our ride. As we love light houses we stopped to photograph the Biloxi Lighthouse. Like many have said this is in the middle of the road and probably not the best one to try to tour(think Pensacola Lighthouse for a tour). That said, we have been to quite a few lighthouses on our trips and at least this one has been saved and maintained unlike so many especially in Louisiana (our home state) and we would have to place this among the top of our list (certainly there are others)of those which are easy to access. If you love lighthouses give this one a few minutes, enjoy the coastal drive (non Interstate) and visit the wonderful Biloxi tourist information center across the highway from the lighthouse. Worth a few minutes and if you just look and photograph it is free. What more can you ask in an increasingly expensive and harried time we live in. Enjoy the side roads and see some of America that is waiting for you even if not the most spectacular!

Visited June 2014
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“Biloxi Landmark”
Reviewed 18 August 2014 via mobile

You know you are in Biloxi when you see the Lighthouse. This lighthouse has stood through countless hurricanes and has guided mariners along the coast for years. Before the hwy and the man made beach were here it stood at waters edge. Today it is the symbol of Biloxi. At one time tours were given of the inside, I am not sure if they still do that. This is one of the most photographed landmarks in Biloxi along with the Shrimp boats and the 26 miles of sand. This is a must see when visiting Biloxi.

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“Quaint lighthouse in the middle of a 4 lane road”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

Pretty lighthouse but tours only available at 9, 9:15 and 9:30 each day. Touring schedule did not work well with our other vacation plans.

Visited July 2014
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“Not worth the $5 fee to climb up”
Reviewed 2 August 2014

This small, iron lighthouse has historical significance, and is conveniently located in from of the Visitors Center. There are about 75 steps on a spiral stair case to climb to the top. It is actually quite amazing to see the water marks for the storm surges during hurricanes Katrina Camille.

All these things are well and good, but the per person costs to get up are qutie excessive. It is crowded, exceedingly hot and uncomfortable up top, without too much of a different view from down below.

Furthermore, we found the volunteers who were working at lighthouse to be unfriendly.

So, take a look when at the Visitor's Center, but no reason to pay the money to climb up.

Visited July 2014
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lighthousekeeper80, Lighthouse Keeper at Biloxi Lighthouse, responded to this review, 12 September 2014
While you are entitled to your opinions, some of the things mentioned in your review are mind boggling. Out of 79 Lighthouses I have visited, $5 is the cheapest rate I have paid to climb, some are much more. All tour proceeds go towards the maintenance of the Biloxi Lighthouse that is privately owned by the City of Biloxi (since 1968). You mentioned climbing stairs, tight spaces, and heat. It's a lighthouse. Ours was built here in 1848 and is original / and repaired over the years with historically accurate replacement parts. It was not built to be a tourist destination, it was built for a single lighthouse keeper to climb the 62 stairs, and keep the lamp lit to safely guide mariners home. Please be reasonable and realistic before "going off" about discomforts from touring a seldom-climbed historic structure.
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“Nice to view at night”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

It is a small lighthouse with much history. It lights up at night with much beauty. If you cross the road to the visitor's center, they have a visual display for the lighthouse it's self.

Visited July 2014
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