Inside the lighthouse — Currituck, N.C., April 2014
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If you ever visit North Carolina’s Outer Banks, be sure to check out the lighthouses that are still being used to aid navigation through the barrier islands that dot the East Coast. One of the best is the Currituck Beach Light in Corolla, N.C., where you can climb the 214 steps to a gorgeous view of the area.
Currituck Beach Light has been in constant operation since construction on the 1 million brick structure was completed in 1875. It still uses the first order lens that comes on every evening at dusk and shines from 158 feet in the air at 20-second intervals.
The lighthouse has been completely automated since 1939. Unlike others in the area, it was not painted, and the brick façade remains visible. The walls are five feet thick at the base and three foot thick at the top.
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