Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

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The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the tallest brick lighthouse (200 ft.) in the U.S., was built in 1870, replacing a lighthouse built in 1803. When completed, it stood 1,500 feet from the shoreline, but by late 1987, the lighthouse stood only 160 feet from the sea. In 1999, the lighthouse was moved 2900 feet to save it from falling victim of erosion.

Aerial view of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Click on photo to view larger image.
(Photo by Ray Midgett)

360 Panorama View From The Gallery of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Click on photo above to view 360 panorama.

Standard Oil of New Jersy drills for oil on Cape Hatteras, 1946.
The well reached 10,000 feet below the surface, but found no oil.

Same scene today, taken from the top of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse at it's new location. View is northeastward showing the path of the move with the original lighthouse location in the distance.



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Lighthouse Webams

(Photo used by permission of the University of Louisville Photographic Archives)

Ray Midgett