Hurricane Katrina Memorial#6 in Best Things To Do in Biloxi
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Hurricane Katrina took a large toll on Biloxi. It decimated its casinos, damaged its famous lighthouse and took the lives of hundreds along the Gulf Coast. This 12-foot-tall black granite slab serves as a memorial to their lives and memories. It was constructed as part of television's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and features a mosaic wave (representing the storm surge) and a glass enclosed art piece filled with personal items from Katrina victims. The lighter gray granite piece on the top of the black structure is the depth of water at the height of the storm.
Recent visitors said a stop here can be brief but powerful, and that it's a nice memorial in tribute of those who perished.
The memorial is located at the cross-section of Main and Water streets, just north of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
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#1 Biloxi Lighthouse
One of the first cast-iron lighthouses built in the South, the Biloxi Lighthouse is one of the city's most revered landmarks. Erected in 1848, it was operated by local Biloxians – including a handful of female lightkeepers – until 1939 when the U.S. Coast Guard adopted the post. Today, the lighthouse has survived the shoreline's devastation by many a hurricane (Hurricane Katrina's storm surge waters covered a third of the 64-foot-tall lighthouse) and stands as a symbol of the city's resolve.
Recent visitors loved this historic lighthouse, noting its beauty and praising the views of the Gulf Coast from above. And while some said the structure itself is on the small side, travelers said taking the tour is worth it as the guides offer more information on the lighthouse's purpose, history and resilience through the years.
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