BH2401 Biloxi Lighthouse -- Biloxi MS
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 30° 23.664 W 088° 54.072
16R E 317346 N 3364022
Quick Description: The Biloxi lighthouse, right in the middle of the US 90 in downtown Biloxi, is an NGS benchmark.
Location: Mississippi, United States
Date Posted: 2/16/2015 9:01:51 AM
Waymark Code: WMNCW4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Ernmark
Views: 1

Long Description:
This would be the coolest benchmark in Biloxi, if not for BH 0399. Certainly, it's the most visible.

The Biloxi lighthouse was built in the 1840s to aid in navigation for this important port town. It was a natural intersection station for the US Coast & Geodetic Survey.

From the NGS Datasheet: (visit link)

BH2401 DESIGNATION - BILOXI LIGHTHOUSE
BH2401 PID - BH2401
BH2401 STATE/COUNTY- MS/HARRISON
BH2401 USGS QUAD - BILOXI (1992)
BH2401
BH2401 *CURRENT SURVEY CONTROL
BH2401 ___________________________________________________________________
BH2401* NAD 83(1993)- 30 23 39.87447(N) 088 54 04.34393(W) ADJUSTED
BH2401* NAVD 88 - 0. (meters) 0. (feet) SCALED
BH2401
BH2401_MARKER: 53 = ELEVATED TANK
BH2401
BH2401 HISTORY - Date Condition Recov. By
BH2401 HISTORY - 1855 FIRST OBSERVED CGS
BH2401 HISTORY - 1917 GOOD CGS
BH2401 HISTORY - 1921 GOOD CGS
BH2401 HISTORY - 1935 GOOD CGS
BH2401 HISTORY - 1935 GOOD CGS
BH2401 HISTORY - 1943 GOOD CGS
BH2401 HISTORY - 1946 GOOD CGS
BH2401 HISTORY - 1950 GOOD CGS
BH2401 HISTORY - 1958 GOOD CGS
BH2401 HISTORY - 1966 GOOD CGS
BH2401 HISTORY - 1967 GOOD CGS
BH2401 HISTORY - 1969 GOOD CGS
BH2401 HISTORY - 1970 GOOD NGS
BH2401 HISTORY - 1972 GOOD MSHD
BH2401 HISTORY - 1977 GOOD LOCENG
BH2401 HISTORY - 1986 GOOD NOS
BH2401
BH2401 STATION DESCRIPTION
BH2401
BH2401''DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1917 (HAS)
BH2401''STILL IN EXISTENCE.
BH2401
BH2401 STATION RECOVERY (1921)
BH2401
BH2401''RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1921 (FBT)
BH2401''CENTER OF LIGHT USED.
BH2401
BH2401 STATION RECOVERY (1935)
BH2401
BH2401''RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1935 (JAH)
BH2401''THE LIGHTHOUSE IS S OF THE CENTER OF TOWN ON THE EDGE OF THE
BH2401''GULF JUST S OF THE GULF SHORE DRIVE. STILL STANDING AND IN
BH2401''GOOD CONDITION.
BH2401
BH2401 STATION RECOVERY (1935)
BH2401
BH2401''RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1935 (GLA)
BH2401''THE STATION IS THE CENTER OF THE LIGHT.
BH2401
BH2401 STATION RECOVERY (1943)
BH2401
BH2401''RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1943 (HCW)
BH2401''LIGHT IS STILL STANDING. WAS VISITED BUT NOT USED. MUCH
BH2401''VIBRATION ON TOP. A TRIPOD CANNOT BE SET UP ON OUTSIDE
BH2401''PLATFORM. A STAND FOR INSTRUMENT SHOULD BE BUILT IN ORDER TO
BH2401''OCCUPY.
BH2401
BH2401 STATION RECOVERY (1946)
BH2401
BH2401''RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1946 (ELJ)
BH2401''THE LIGHT IS STILL STANDING AND IN GOOD CONDITION.
BH2401
BH2401 STATION RECOVERY (1950)
BH2401
BH2401''RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1950 (GEM)
BH2401''STATION WAS RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION. A COMPLETE NEW
BH2401''DESCRIPTION FOLLOWS-
BH2401''
BH2401''STATION IS LOCATED IN THE CITY OF BILOXI, ON THE S SIDE OF
BH2401''WEST BEACH BLVD, AT PORTER AVE. IT IS A STEEL SHELL
BH2401''STRUCTURE, 63 FT HIGH ABOVE GROUND, PAINTED WHITE. THE
BH2401''STATION IS THE CENTER OF THE LIGHT. THE CENTER OF THE
BH2401''LIGHTHOUSE IS 21.8 METERS N OF THE MEAN HIGH-WATER LINE.
BH2401
BH2401 STATION RECOVERY (1958)
BH2401
BH2401''RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1958 (OSR)
BH2401''RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED AND FOUND IN GOOD CONDITION.
BH2401
BH2401 STATION RECOVERY (1966)
BH2401
BH2401''RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1966 (JKW)
BH2401''THE STATION RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION AS DESCRIBED IN THE 1950
BH2401''RECOVERY NOTE BY G.E.M., JR.
BH2401
BH2401 STATION RECOVERY (1967)
BH2401
BH2401''RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1967 (WRC)
BH2401''LIGHTHOUSE IS STILL STANDING AND IN GOOD CONDITION. LIGHT
BH2401''LIST NAME IS BILOXI LIGHT.
BH2401
BH2401 STATION RECOVERY (1969)
BH2401
BH2401''RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1969 (JCV)
BH2401''RECOVERED. STATION IS STILL STANDING AND IN GOOD CONDITION.
BH2401''DESCRIPTION BY W.R.C., 1967 IS ADEQUATE.
BH2401
BH2401 STATION RECOVERY (1970)
BH2401
BH2401''RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1970 (JLC)
BH2401''THE LIGHTHOUSE WAS RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION. 1950
BH2401''DESCRIPTION IS ADEQUATE.
BH2401
BH2401 STATION RECOVERY (1972)
BH2401
BH2401''RECOVERY NOTE BY MISSISSIPPI STATE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT 1972
BH2401''THE STATION WAS VISITED 7-20-72 AND FOUND IN GOOD CONDITION.
BH2401''THE STATION IS LOCATED 0.6 MI SOUTHWEST OF BILOXI BETWEEN THE
BH2401''TWO LANES OF U.S. HIGHWAY 90 JUST NORTH OF A PARKING AREA.
BH2401''IT IS A CONE SHAPED STRUCTURE WITH A GLASS ENCLOSED
BH2401''COMPARTMENT ON TOP AND WITH A WEATHER VANE, 63 FT ABOVE THE
BH2401''GROUND AND IS WHITE IN COLOR.
BH2401''
BH2401''TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE JUNCTION OF STATE HWY 15 AND
BH2401''U.S.HWY 90 EAST OF THE BUENA VISTA HOTEL IN BILOXI, GO WEST
BH2401''ON U.S. HWY 90 FOR 0.5 MILES TO THE LIGHT HOUSE ON THE LEFT.
BH2401''
BH2401''AIRLINE DISTANCE AND DIRECTION FROM NEAREST TOWN- 0.6 MILES
BH2401''SOUTHWEST OF BILOXI
BH2401
BH2401 STATION RECOVERY (1977)
BH2401
BH2401''RECOVERY NOTE BY LOCAL ENGINEER (INDIVIDUAL OR FIRM) 1977 (SP)
BH2401''STEEL STRUCTURE OF 63 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND. PAINTED WHITE.
BH2401''
BH2401''COMPASS BEARINGS AND ANGLES TURNED INDICATED STATION TO BE
BH2401''UNDISTRUBED.
BH2401''
BH2401''STATION FOUND IN GOOD CONDITION. DESCRIPTION FOR RECOVERY BY
BH2401''G.E.M.JR., IS ADEQUATE.
BH2401
BH2401 STATION RECOVERY (1986)
BH2401
BH2401''RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL OCEAN SERVICE 1986 (WVH)
BH2401''THE STATION WAS RECOVERED AT THIS DATE."


More information on the Biloxi Lighthouse is here: (visit link)

"Biloxi Lighthouse

The Biloxi Lighthouse was erected in 1848 and was one of the first cast-iron lighthouses in the South. It is the city’s signature landmark and has become a post-Katrina symbol of the city’s resolve and resilience.

The light was civilian operated from 1848 to 1939, and is notable for its several female lightkeepers, including Maria Younghans, who tended the light for 53 years. In 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard assumed responsibility for the light’s operation.

After being declared surplus property in 1968, the Biloxi Lighthouse was deeded to the City of Biloxi, which eventually opened it to public tours.

The lighthouse has withstood many storms over the years. Katrina’s storm surge enveloped a third of the 64-foot tall lighthouse, and the constant pounding from the water and winds toppled many bricks that lined the interior of the cast iron tower. The storm’s winds also broke many of the windows in the light cupola and destroyed the structure’s electrical system

In March 2010, the city re-opened the lighthouse to public tours after a 14-month, $400,000 restoration that was funded by FEMA and MEMA and completed by Biloxi contractor J.O. Collins."
Condition: Mark found in good condition

Designation: -BLANK-

Benchmark Agency: U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey

Monumentation type: Lighthouse

County: Harrison County MS

USGS 7.5' Topographic Quadrangle Name: Biloxi

Find type: Coordinates and/or to-reach information from the NGS database (or Geocaching's copy of it) were used

Web address of this benchmark's datasheet (optional): [Web Link]

NGS PID: BH2401

Benchmark Agency (if other): Not listed

Monumentation type (if other): Not listed

Special category (optional): Not listed

Special Category (if other): Not listed

Local database's URL (optional): Not listed

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