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Cape Hatteras Light

Buxton, Dare County, North Carolina , 27920

Cape Hatteras
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Located on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is recognized as the tallest lighthouse in America. It is still in operation. The light at the top is automated and is visible every seven seconds.

The height of the structure is about 207.5 feet (63.2 m) from the bottom of the foundation footer to the top of the spire on the roof.

One must climb 268 steps to reach the light.

Due to erosion of the shore, the lighthouse was moved from its original location at the edge of the ocean to safer ground 2,870 feet (870 m) inland in 1999.

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