If you have been visiting Ocracoke for a while, or if you've been on one of our ghost & history walks, you may be familiar with the bridges that crossed the "guts" in Ocracoke village prior to WWII.
Extensions of Cockle Creek (now often called Silver Lake), the "Little Gut" cut through the village about where Hwy 12 now runs, and the "Big Gut" was parallel to the first, near the new wing of the Island Inn. They were filled in by the Navy in 1942.
Just the other day I discovered this photo, taken in 1939, that shows one of the bridges built by the CCC. The arrow on the right points to the bridge. The arrow on the left shows the lighthouse which is just barely visible in this photo. The picture was taken from about where the Island Ragpicker is now.
You can read our latest newsletter here. It's a history of Ocracoke's historic Howard Street.