December 19, 1989 |
The National Parks Service plans to relocate the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the nation's oldest and tallest brick lighthouse, once it can be strengthened for the move. The black and white striped 208-foot-tall lighthouse at Cape Hatteras, N.C., is threatened by wave action since sand dunes have eroded and can no longer protect it. When the lighthouse was built in 1870, it was 1,500 feet from the Atlantic Ocean. It currently is 160 feet from the ocean.
April 19, 1987 |
The Cape Hatteras lighthouse, a national landmark that is threatened by crushing seas and pocked by more than a century of gale-driven salt spray, may be in for its biggest blow yet, environmentalists said Saturday. Dr. Robert Smythe, conservation coordinator for the North Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club, said his group may take the National Park Service to court if it persists in a plan to build a $5.7-million seawall around the 117-year-old structure to protect it from encroaching seas.
June 18, 1999 |
Propped up on rollers in a technique borrowed from the ancients, the historic, 208-foot Cape Hatteras Lighthouse began its inch-by-inch journey to a safer spot inland Thursday, away from the crashing breakers of the Atlantic. With a nudge from seven hydraulic jacks, the nation's tallest lighthouse silently moved 5 inches on the first push shortly after 3 p.m. EDT. Cheers went up from those who gathered in a steady rain to watch.
May 4, 1998 |
The monument that marks man's first powered flight was rededicated amid fireworks, patriotic music and speeches in Kill Devil Hills by former President Bush and ex-astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, who walked on the moon. The relighting of the beacon atop the Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kill Devil Hills capped a tribute to American ingenuity and the conquest of the skies. Originally dedicated Nov.