Biloxi Lighthouse Historical

Biloxi Lighthouse Historical (HM1SX0)

Location: Biloxi, MS 39530 Harrison County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 23.656', W 88° 54.074'

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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.
HM NumberHM1SX0
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Date Added Monday, July 4th, 2016 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 317343 N 3364008
Decimal Degrees30.39426667, -88.90123333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 23.656', W 88° 54.074'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 23' 39.36" N, 88° 54' 4.44" W
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Area Code(s)228
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1045-1059 US-90, Biloxi MS 39530, US
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