Q: When is a lighthouse not a lighthouse? Is it still a lighthouse if it’s not on Google? (This is along the lines of, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it still make a sound?”)
A: (according to Kernut’s logic): If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck – even if Google doesn’t know it’s a duck.
One of these Mississippi lighthouses is in Biloxi and I thought the other was in Gulfport…. But when I
Googled did my extensive research, there is no light listed in that area – at least as far a Google knows.
The Biloxi Lighthouse
Check out this livestream from the top of the Biloxi Lighthouse.
This kind of freaked me out: The paint stripes on the wall are HIGH FLOOD LINES.
The first high water line, the dark blue line at the bottom, is from 1852, 1860, 1893, and 1947 and marks 12′ m.s.l. (mean sea level, the sea level halfway between the mean levels of high and low water).
The next line up the wall is at 14′ m.s.l. from 1855 and 1906.
Then 15′ m.s.l. in 1909, and at 17.5′ m.s.l. from Hurricane Camille in 1969.
Take a tour? They say the lighthouse is open “Daily” for tours at 9 AM, 9:15 AM, and 9:30 AM, weather permitting. Well, for all the times my friend had been in Biloxi, she’d never seen the lighthouse open for tours.
We managed to catch a tour about five minutes after they planned to close. The kind and very pregnant tour guide took pity on us and did another 64-foot climb up the 55 stairs.
The Light That Google Doesn’t Know About
Upon more extensive
Googling research, I discovered there’s a “replica lighthouse” at Jones Park in Gulfport. Still a Google fail.
I don’t think you can take a tour of this one, but it looks like you could drive a car through it.
I’m not saying you should drive a car through it.