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Monday, July 27, 2015

Biloxi Lighthouse

Biloxi Lighthouse

The Biloxi Light is a Mississippi Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. They say it's the most photographed thing in all of Mississippi and also appears on their License Plate. It's weird to see a lighthouse in the middle of a busy highway (US90), but of course the highway was built well after the lighthouse. Over the years it has withstood many hurricanes, including Katrina in 2005 and is a symbol of the city's resolve and resilience.

The cast-iron lighthouse was completed in 1848. For many years it was operated by civilians, most notably Maria Younghans for 53 years. From 1939 to 1968 it was operated by the U.S. Coast Guard until they ceased its operation and deeded it to the city. Today, the lighthouse is open as a tourist attraction, as long as you don't mind climbing all those steps to the top. Tours are only offered in the morning as it would be way too hot later in the day.

Want to see a documentary? www.biloxi.ms.us/visitor-info/museums/lighthouse/lighthou...

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