Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Standing at 208 feet, the
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest and probably most recognized
lighthouse in the United States. Its light can be seen 20 miles at sea and
even today warns unsuspecting mariners of the dangerous Diamond Shoals that
extend 14 miles out into the ocean off Cape Hatters. The Cape Hatteras
Lighthouse is constructed with 1,200,000 bricks. Its walls are 14' thick at
the base, narrowing to 8' at the top, and weighs 6,250 tons. In 1999 with
the ever-encroaching Atlantic Ocean threatening the lighthouse was moved
from its original location to its present location approximately 1/2 inland.
Check out the live
from atop the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
Photograph NC1689 Cape Hatteras
Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras National Seashore Buxton, NC
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