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Name: Biloxi Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Biloxi, Mississippi, United States

Location: Mississippi Sound, Gulf of Mexico.

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Photo: Jim Buffington
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Managing Organization:
City of Biloxi

Telephone: 228-435-6305


This is among the earliest cast iron lighthouses built in the U.S. The lighthouse had women as keepers for 81 years of its history. Maria Younghans was keeper for 51 years and was followed by her daughter, Miranda.

Tower Height: 61

Height of Focal Plane: 48

Description of Tower: White, conical cast iron tower lined with brick.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1848

Date Present Tower Built: 1848

Date Deactivated: 1861-1866

Optics: 1866: Fifth order Fresnel lens

Current Use: Private aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Yes (by arrangement).

This lighthouse is located on the median of US Route 90 in Biloxi, near the foot of Porter Street. The lighthouse is open only to guided tours by reservation. Call 228-435-6305. (As of July 2004 the tower is closed for safety concerns.)

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: Marcellus J. Howard (1848-1854), Mary J. Reynolds (1854-1861), Perry Younghans (1866-1867), Maria Younghans (1867-1918), Miranda Younghans (1918-1929), William B. Thompson (1929-?).


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