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Pascagoula in Jackson County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Round Island Lighthouse

 
 
Round Island Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
1. Round Island Lighthouse Marker
Inscription.  The original Round Island lighthouse was built in 1833 on Round Island for $5,895 by Marshall Lincoln and David Henshaw. It was constructed using methods similar to those used on the East coast rather than methods suitable for the Gulf coast and the lighthouse was in disrepair by 1855. The replacement lighthouse was built in 1859 for $7,130.97. The 1859 lighthouse is the one we still have today. The lighthouse contains a fourth order Fresnel lens with a 12-14 mile visibility and was automated around 1940. Although decommissioned on March 20, 1944, it was maintained as a non-illuminated day beacon by the US Coast Guard until September 19, 1945. The General Services Administration declared the property excess in 1955. In 1986, the lighthouse was deeded to the City of Pascagoula and added to the National Register of Historic Places.

In the 1990s, the southwest end of Round Island continued to erode. Hurricane George toppled the lighthouse in 1998 prompting the establishment of the Round Island Lighthouse Preservation Society whose mission is to protect the lighthouse. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina eliminated any hope of restoring the lighthouse
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on Round Island. Utilizing grant funding in 2010, the city barged the base and remnants to the mainland. Over the next five years, additional grants funds, city funds and private donations into the City guiding residents and visitors alike to Pascagoula.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersNotable PlacesWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lighthouses series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 20, 1944.
 
Location. 30° 22.236′ N, 88° 33.371′ W. Marker is in Pascagoula, Mississippi, in Jackson County. Marker is on Cypress Avenue west of Pascagoula Street, on the right when traveling west. Located next to the Round Island Lighthouse ticket building. There is no parking available in the immediate vicinity of the lighthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Cypress Avenue, Pascagoula MS 39567, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Round Island Lighthouse (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Round Island Lighthouse (a few steps from this marker); Pascagoula Street Railroad and Power Company (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pascagoula River Basin Ecosystem (approx. 0.2 miles away); Captain H.H. Colle House
The Round Island Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
2. The Round Island Lighthouse
(approx. ¼ mile away); Dr. Joseph A. Tabor House (approx. ¼ mile away); Colle Company Housing (approx. ¼ mile away); Pascagoula Fire Fighters (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pascagoula.
 
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker has a Braille translation.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on the Round Island Lighthouse. (Submitted on March 26, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Friends of the Round Island Lighthouse - includes photos of previous location. (Submitted on March 26, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Round Island Lighthouse looking west towards the Pascagoula River. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
3. Round Island Lighthouse looking west towards the Pascagoula River.
Lighthouse Park with marker in background. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
4. Lighthouse Park with marker in background.
The Round Island Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
5. The Round Island Lighthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2017. It was originally submitted on March 26, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 271 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 26, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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