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Bodie Island Lighthouse

Bodie Island Lighthouse Star-crossed Bodie Island Lighthouse has had it troubles. Disagreements over the location delayed its initial construction for 10 years. Construction finally began in 1847, but the structure began leaning toward the ocean even before it was completed, and within two years, one side had dropped a foot lower than the other. Attempts to prop it up failed, and a new, 90-foot brick tower was built in 1859.

Then, in 1861, more misfortune befell the Bodie Island Lighthouse when Confederate troops slipped into the lighthouse and blew it up, fearful that it would have attracted Union forces. After the war, another tower was built, this one on the model of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. But this one, too, has attracted bad luck. Shortly after its 1872 opening, a flock of geese flew into the 150-foot tall structure breaking panes of glass and damaging the beacon’s lens.

The Bodie Island Lighthouse is still functional today, beaming its light 19 miles over the water. While the lighthouse is not open to the public, the old keeper’s house is a visitor center and museum. Bodie Island Lighthouse is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

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