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Bodie Island postcard face - click to enlarge

Bodie Island postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart

Bodie Island

State: NC
Year established: 1848
Latitude: 35 deg 49 min 7 sec N
Longitude: 75 deg 33 min 48 sec W
Height above sea level: 156 feet

Original construction:
54-foot tower on Pea Island

1859: 80-foot tower replaced old leaning tower, destroyed during conflict in 1861
1872: present 166-foot tall conical brick tower; wide black and white alternating bands

automated in 1954; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
two white flashes every 30 seconds visible for 18 nautical miles

More information:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security / United States Coast Guard, Light List, Volume 2 Atlantic Coast, Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina, (Washington, DC: GPO, 2004), p. 6