Saturday, 21 August 2010

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM USA

Biloxi Lighthouse is a 61 ft (18.5 m) white cast iron tower located in the median of Highway 90, at the foot of Porter Street in Biloxi, Mississippi. Built in 1848, it is the second-oldest cast iron lighthouse in the U.S. and became the last standing of the more than ten lighthouses originally built to mark the Mississippi coastline. The keeper's houses were destroyed by Hurricane Camille in 1969. Although the lighthouse survived the Hurricane Katrina, which caused so much devastation in Biloxi and the surrounding Gulf Coast in 2005, its interior brick lining was damaged and required extensive repair. On February 19, 2010, a rededication ceremony was held for a gleaming white Biloxi Lighthouse that had just undergone a $400,000 makeover, during which the tower was rewired, the interior brick lining was rebuilt, new exterior lighting was installed, and the decorative metal fence surrounding the base of the tower was restored.

On June 28, 2009, US Postal Service issued a 98–cent definitive stamp, in the Scenic American Landscapes series, featuring a view of the Snake River at dawn in the Grand Teton National Park. Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park preserves a spectacular landscape rich with majestic mountains, pristine lakes and extraordinary wildlife. The abrupt vertical rise of the jagged Teton Range (the Grand Teton, at 4,197 m, is the tallest mountain) contrasts with the horizontal sage-covered valley and glacial lakes at their base, creating a scenery that attracts nearly four million visitors per year.
Thank you, Jeremy for the nice postcard.

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