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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 is 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. Touch 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 distance of this

Biloxi Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 26, 1998
2. Biloxi Lighthouse
location. A different marker also named Biloxi Lighthouse (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Biloxi Lighthouse (a few steps from 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 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.
 
Additional comments.
1. This marker removed.
A standard Mississippi Archives and History marker Biloxi Lighthouse is at these coordinates instead of this one.
    — Submitted March 23, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Biloxi Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 26, 1998
3. Biloxi Lighthouse Marker
Biloxi Lighthouse with only one metal plaque & a Biloxi Landmark plaque. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
4. Biloxi Lighthouse with only one metal plaque & a Biloxi Landmark plaque.
Biloxi Lighthouse closeup showing metal plaques. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
5. Biloxi Lighthouse closeup showing metal plaques.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 27, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 190 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 27, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   4, 5. submitted on March 23, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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