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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse - Base & Shed (NC)

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse - Base & Shed (NC)

Current Cape Hatteras lighthouse (1868-70) replaced 1803 lighthouse in dangerous Diamond Shoals area off North Carolina's Outer Banks. Erosion by sea currents eventually left the tower dangerously close to the ocean; in a risky, high-profile (literally and figuratively) operation, the structure was moved (1999-2000) effort to a site about 1/2-mile inland, progressing very slowly along a temporary track. The 187-foot tower, built with about 1.25 million bricks, has walls 14 ft thick at the base. The top of the lantern room is about 208 feet from the ground; there are 257 steps to the light; twin 1,000 watt lights (900,000 candle power each) cast a beacon visible 20 nautical miles. Cape Hatteras Light Station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 (entry 78000266) and is also a National Historic Landmark.

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