Round Island Lighthouse coming ashore

Published 3:16 pm Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The city of Pascagoula plans to have the base of the Round Island Lighthouse located to the foot of the high-rise bridge on U.S. Highway 90.

The four-story 150-year-old lighthouse, when rebuilt, will greet drivers as they come over the high-rise and enter the city.

State officials on Friday approved the relocation of the lighthouse to the mainland.

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City officials said that the base could be brought up the Pascagoula River and hauled to the site within a few months.

The lighthouse was toppled by Hurricane Georges in the late 1990s. The pieces have been stored in a warehouse for most of the decade.

The lighthouse was built in 1859 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.