Here is another photo from Chester Lynn's collection, taken in the late 1950s.
This is what we know today as the northern section of NC12. The last three miles on the north end of the island were not originally paved. Instead, the state laid down one lane of WWII metal landing mats. If you met a car coming from the other direction, one vehicle had to drive onto one of the pull-offs, or, as sometime happened, back up in order to pull off.
The signs read, "One Traffic Lane for 3 Miles," "Passing Lane 1000 Ft Intervals," & "Speed Limit 25."
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is research into the origin of the Ocracoke Island Wahab family. You can read the
article here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022115.htm.