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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 Stephen Bell, June 23, 2009
1. Biloxi Lighthouse Marker
Inscription. Since its construction in 1848, this cast iron lighthouse has been the landmark for which Biloxi-bound vessels sail. Tended by the Younghans family, father, mother and daughter, from late 1866 until 1929.
 
Erected 1980 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program marker series.
 
Location. 30° 23.656′ N, 88° 54.074′ W. Marker is in Biloxi, Mississippi, in Harrison County. Marker is at the intersection of Beach Boulevard (U.S. 90) and Porter Avenue on Beach Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1050 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi MS 39530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Biloxi Lighthouse (a few steps from this marker); Biloxi Beach Wade-In (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil Rights Wade-Ins (within shouting distance of this marker); The Landing of Pierre LeMoyne D'Iberville (within shouting distance of this marker); Sea Turtles of the Mississippi Sound (within shouting
Biloxi Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stephen Bell, June 23, 2009
2. Biloxi Lighthouse Marker
distance of this marker); The Evolution of Biloxi Tourism (within shouting distance of this marker); Robinson-Maloney-Dantzler House (within shouting distance of this marker); High Water Mark (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Biloxi.
 
Also see . . .
1. Biloxi Lighthouse website. (Submitted on October 1, 2009, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Biloxi Light. Wikipedia article on the Biloxi Lighthouse. (Submitted on October 3, 2009, by Jeff Conner of Norfolk, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Marker moved to beach side of Highway 90, next to parking lot.
This marker previously was in the median, close to the actual Biloxi Lighthouse. Many years ago it was moved to the grassy area between the parking lot and the southern edge of the eastbound lane of U.S. Highway 90, directly across from the lighthouse. See photos 2 & 3.
    — Submitted July 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

 
Categories. LandmarksNotable BuildingsWaterways & Vessels
 
Actual Biloxi Lighthouse in median, with marker on south side of Beach Boulevard (U.S 90). image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
3. Actual Biloxi Lighthouse in median, with marker on south side of Beach Boulevard (U.S 90).
Biloxi Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 27, 1998
4. Biloxi Lighthouse
<i>The Biloxi Light, Biloxi, Miss.</i> image. Click for full size.
Photochrom postcard by the Detroit Photographic Company, 1901
5. The Biloxi Light, Biloxi, Miss.
A century ago, the lighthouse looked much the same, but the area around it was much different, with the water coming up nearly to the light. The keeper's house and boathouse (visible here behind the light) are gone, and the lighthouse now sits in the median of US 90, with a bit of beach to the south of the highway occupying what used to be open water.

Image courtesy of the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 27, 2009, by Stephen Bell of Biloxi, Mississippi. This page has been viewed 1,640 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 27, 2009, by Stephen Bell of Biloxi, Mississippi.   3. submitted on March 23, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   4. submitted on October 4, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5. submitted on August 29, 2015. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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