In 1872 the Bodie Island Lighthouse was built on the northern edge of Oregon Inlet.
Illustrating the dynamic nature of the Outer Banks, Oregon Inlet almost immediately began moving south at the rate of about 100 feet per year. The Bodie Island Lighthouse is now about 3 miles from the inlet. With the construction of the Herbert C. Bonner bridge in 1962 the steady southerly migration of the inlet has slowed, but sand continues to flow into the inlet from the north, causing navigation problems (and constant dredging).
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of late 19th century steamship traffic to Ocracoke, and the large Victorian hotel that accommodated the guests. You can read the article here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082114.htm.