Outer Banks Throwback Thursday – Bodie Island Lighthouse in 1893

Old Retro Bodie Island Lighthouse Photo Nags Head, North Carolina
Isn’t this retro photo of Bodie Island Lighthouse amazing?

Located in the southern portion of Nags Head, North Carolina, Bodie Island Lighthouse is encircled by two black and three white bands. The structure stands 150 feet high and is equipped with a first-order Fresnel lens that flashes its 160,000 candlepower beacon 19 miles over the ocean.

Bodie Island Lighthouse was originally built in 1847, and was rebuilt with improvements in 1859. Then in 1862, Confederate troops blew up the structure to prevent its use by the Union forces that occupied the Outer Banks.

On October 1, 1872, the present and third version of the lighthouse was finished and put into operation for a total cost of $140,000.

Following a four-year long renovation, the public was able to climb to the very top of the lighthouse for the first time in spring of 2013. Until earlier this year, only lighthouse keepers, family members, and a few select others have been allowed to climb the 214 steps to the top.

Photo: Outer Banks History Center

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