Round Island Lighthouse Historical

Round Island Lighthouse Historical (HM1XKP)

Location: Pascagoula, MS 39567 Jackson County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 22.235', W 88° 33.363'

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The Round Island Lighthouse was built on the barrier island of the same name located off the mouth of the Pascagoula River. Replacing an earlier structure built in the 1830's, the lighthouse was completed in 1859 for a cost of $7,130.97. The lighthouse was built of brick and fitted with an oil lamp that used a Fresnel lens to concentrate the light, giving it a visibility of 12 to 14 miles. Round Island also included living quarters for a lighthouse keeper. This person was responsible for tending and caring for the lighthouse; such as trimming the lamp wicks, replenishing fuel, winding clock works and performing regular maintenance tasks such as cleaning the lenses and windows. Round Island Lighthouse operated contstantly until the mid-1940's, except
for a period during the Civil War when the light was darkened. Deeded to the city of Pascagoula in 1986, the tower toppled during Hurricane Georges in 1998 when the foundation was undermined. Repairs were underway when Hurricane Katrina hit and scattered the lighthouse materials. Plans were then made to relocate the structure to Pascagoula for the restoration project that
is currently underway.
Year Placed2012
Placed ByJackson County
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees30.37058333, -88.55605000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 22.235', W 88° 33.363'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 22' 14.1" N, 88° 33' 21.78" W
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Area Code(s)228, 601, 662
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-90, Pascagoula MS 39567, US
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