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The Bodie Island Lighthouse was originally constructed in 1847 to supplement the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, a number of miles to the south. The original tower was 54 feet, but having a faulty foundation, it soon began to teeter. Two years later it had to be abandoned.

In 1859, a second structure was completed. But soon after it’s completion, the US Civil war began and Confederate forces, fearing the new 80 foot tower’s usefulness to the Union, it was blown it up in 1861.

Finally, in 1872, the current structure was completed. It is 156 feet tall and It’s beacon has a range of 19 miles. It still serves today, however ownership of the light has been transferred to US Park Service who maintains it today.

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