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Biloxi postcard face - click to enlarge

Biloxi postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart


State: MS
Year established: 1848
Latitude: 30 deg 23 min 36 sec N
Longitude: 88 deg 57 min 59 sec W
Height above sea level: 61 feet

Original construction:
current 45-foot cast-iron-clad conical brick tower

1860: erosion caused tower to lean 2 feet from vertical, repaired after the Civil War by removing underlying soil from opposite side of tower

electrified in 1929; private aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
occulting white every 4 seconds

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, America's Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History Since 1716, (Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972), p. 145
Cipra, David L., Lighthouses, Lightships, and the Gulf of Mexico, (Alexandria, VA: Cypress Communications, 1997), pp. 98-100
U.S. Department of Homeland Security / United States Coast Guard, Light List, Volume 3 Atlantic Coast and Gulf Coast, Little River, South Carolina to Econfina River, Florida, (Washington, DC: GPO, 2004), p. 72