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Round Island Lighthouse now open for tours in Pascagoula

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PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

The Round Island Lighthouse is finally open to the public.

After the light went on inside, a long line of people eagerly waited for a chance to see inside the Pascagoula icon, including members of a family who for generations kept the lighthouse going.

"We've heard stories of our grandfather and great grandmother when the times would come up of yellow fever and they would use signals to get the pirates to go away," said Pam Murray-Logan.

Pam's sister Kay Murray-Gully also remembers the stories.

"They would wave a flag and get the pirates to go away because Yellow Fever was there so they didn't come on shore," Kay added. 

The lighthouse was built in 1859 and city officials say it feels good to complete the restoration after 15 years of struggles with funding, hurricane damage and design issues. Leaders say the decision to move the lighthouse from the island to the Highway 90 was a good one.  

"When the lighthouse was on the island it was enjoyed by families for decades and decades," said Council Member David Tadlock. "But now it stands as a new monument for a maritime history for our city. Also, what we hope to be a great tourist attraction for our city in the days to come."

The lighthouse is open for tours Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm.

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