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Biloxi in Harrison County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Biloxi Lighthouse

 
 
Biloxi Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 26, 1998
1. Biloxi Lighthouse Marker
Inscription. Constructed in sections by the firm of Murray and Hazelhurst of Baltimore, Maryland, the Biloxi lighthouse arrived at this location aboard the brig General North and was erected in 1848. A cast iron sheath lined with locally made brick, the 48-foot tower is one of the few of its type remaining on the Gulf of Mexico. It was illuminated by a fourth order Fresnel lens visible at a distance of 13 nautical miles.

The original site of the light was a sand bluff. Neglect during the war years and the subsequent failure of a retaining wall in 1867 caused the tower to lean two feet off center. In danger of toppling into the Mississippi Sound, the tower was righted by excavating under the north side. Also heavily rusted the tower was given a coating of black coal tar, thus giving rise to a popular local myth that the community had painted the structure black to mourn the death of Lincoln. The lighthouse was repainted white.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 30° 23.656′ N, 88° 54.074′ W. Marker was in Biloxi, Mississippi, in Harrison County. Marker was at the intersection of U.S. 90 and Porter Avenue on U.S. 90. Click for map. Marker was in this post office area: Biloxi MS 39530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking

Biloxi Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 26, 1998
2. Biloxi Lighthouse
distance of this location. A different marker also named Biloxi Lighthouse (here, next to this marker); Moran Site (a few steps from this marker); Civil Rights Wade-Ins (within shouting distance of this marker); Robinson-Maloney-Dantzler House (within shouting distance of this marker); Pierre LeMoyne Sieur d'Iberville (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); City of Biloxi, Mississippi (about 300 feet away); Cathedral of the Nativity (B.V.M.) (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Magnolia Hotel (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Biloxi.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Biloxi Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 26, 1998
3. Biloxi Lighthouse Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 143 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on July 4, 2016.
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