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Fourth, final phase of the restoration Pascagoula's historic Round Island Lighthouse begins


PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — The fourth and final phase of the restoration Pascagoula's historic Round Island Lighthouse has begun.

Work in this phase includes masonry, a radial staircase and handrails, a service platform, a ladder to the gallery, electrical service, stair lighting and more.

Officials say the project should be complete by June.

The original Round Island Lighthouse was constructed in 1833 but replaced with the current lighthouse in 1859.

After years of erosion, Hurricane Georges in September 1998 toppled the lighthouse, which led to private and governmental efforts to relocate the lighthouse and restoration efforts to begin.

The restoration began in 2010 when the lighthouse was relocated from its original location on Round Island to the southeast foot of the Pascagoula River Bridge on U.S. Highway 90.

Information from: The Mississippi Press,

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