Sunday, October 18, 2015

Biloxi, Mississippi: Biloxi Lighthouse and Visitors Center

Call this a two-for-one special when it comes to a picture of Biloxi (Bill-LUX-cee) attractions.

The Biloxi Lighthouse has been around in one form or another since 1848. The place has survived all kinds of bad weather, including two major hurricanes in the past 50 years. Katrina did some serious damage to it in 2005, but by this time the residents wanted to bring it back to life. The lighthouse did exactly that in a 2010 ceremony. You can take tours of the building if you don't mind a little climbing. Click here for a documentary on the place.

Right behind it is the Visitors Center, and it's a great one as these things go. It feels and looks like a Southern mansion, with room filled with items from local artists and craftsmen. The facility also has some travel information, a theater, and a nice little gift shop. The Chamber of Commerce is located in here as well. Katrina knocked down the original version, but it was rebuilt to look the same.

Right across the street is a nice, long pier. Nice of the birds to pose for the picture.

The area certainly has changed because of the huge hurricane. This television report definitely will show you the extent of the storm's power; it's definitely worth a look:


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