Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Creeps toward New Home

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Creeps toward New Home

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BUXTON, N.C. -- On the road for three weeks, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was due to arrive yesterday at its new home, a safe 1,600 feet from the rough Atlantic surf.

Unpacking and settling in will take several more weeks.

Pushed by hydraulic jacks along a set of rails and rollers, the nation's tallest lighthouse had to cover an easy 156 feet yesterday to reach the edge of the steel-reinforced concrete pad on which it will sit.

Since the move began June 17, the 208-foot spiral-striped tower has traveled 2,900 feet diagonally from its old home, where it stood on a badly eroded cliff a precarious 150 feet from the Atlantic's booming waves.

The National Park Service decided to spend $10 million to move the 4,800-ton landmark before it tumbled into the sea. Others feared the move itself would cause the 129-year-old brick tower to crack or fall over, but the lighthouse appeared to be in good shape.

In the next phase of the project, crews will build a new foundation of up to 140,000 bricks, a job expected to take two months. …

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