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Dodging cars like a nervous pedestrian, the historic Biloxi Lighthouse stands beside a busy highway. The Biloxi Lighthouse has become an emblem for the city. It has survived over 20 hurricanes, the Civil War and Civil Rights protests since it was built in 1848. It thrives on a busy 4 lane highway oblivious to the hustle and bustle around it. Biloxi beach was blackened by the BP oil spill that began in April 2010. Wildlife still suffers from its repercussions today.
Cape San Blas Lighthouse
Originally completed in 1848, the lighthouse has been rebuilt four times. The current Cape San Blas Lighthouse stands in an idyllic setting overlooking St. Joseph Bay in Port St. Joe. The City of Port St. Joe raised funds to relocate the buildings in 2012. The lighthouse and dwellings were moved by truck convoy from Cape San Blas 12 miles away. Three cranes placed the lighthouse atop its new foundation in 2014.
St. Augustine Lighthouse
Lighthouse keeping was a family affair. Wives, daughters and sons sometimes fulfilled the duties of a light keeper without pay. Wives and daughters filled in when the light keeper was absent or died. Both of St. Augustine’s female light keepers fulfilled the role of light keeper after the death of their spouses.
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