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CAPE LOOKOUT LIGHT

State: NORTH CAROLINA
Location: CORE BANKS / CAPE LOOKOUT
Nearest City: BEAUFORT
County: CARTERET
U.S.C.G. District: 5
Year Station Established: 1812



NPS photo
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1859
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1950
  • Foundation Materials: WOOD PILINGS/DRESSED STONE
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: B/W DIAGONALLY CHECKERED W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 169
  • Original Optic: FIRST ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1859
  • Present Optic: DCB-24
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 156
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: ORIG. FIRST ORDER LENS TRANSFERRED TO BLOCK ISLAND SOUTHEAST LIGHT
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1812
  • Description: BRICK TOWER INSIDE WOOD FRAME BUILDING, EXTERIOR SHINGLED AND PAINTED WITH RED AND WHITE STRIPES
  • Fate/Disposition:
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1873
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style:
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
Other Structures: BRICK OIL HOUSE, COAL SHED, 2 CISTERNS, SUMMER KITCHEN, STABLE

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION/KEEPERS IS VISITORS CENTER IN NATIONAL PARK

Owner/Manager: NATIONAL PARK SERVICE W/U.S. COAST GUARD ACCESS TO OPTIC

Open to the Public? YES (Go to Lighthouses to Visit for access information)

Web Site: Cape Lookout National Seashore

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #72000097
Name of Listing: CAPE LOOKOUT LIGHT STATION
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
KEEPERS RESTORED 1988-1990; LIGHT TOWER TRANSFERRED TO THE NPS JUNE 14, 2003



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