Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Lighthouse Trivia

The historic Ocracoke Lighthouse, built in 1823, stands 77 feet, 5 inches tall, and has 86 steps.  The lighthouse employs a fourth-order Fresnel lens to magnify the small 100 watt incandescent bulb.  In 1999 ownership was transferred from the US Coast Guard to the National Park Service. 

In a few weeks look for a more detailed history of the light in our August Ocracoke Newsletter.

 

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