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The Cape Lookout Lighthouse

Located on the Southern Outer Banks of North 

Carolina is 163 feet tall. It flashes every 15 

seconds and is visible at least 12 miles out to 

sea and up to 19 miles. The Cape Lookout Light 

is one of the very few lighthouses that operate 

during the day and became fully automated in 

1950.The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is the only 

such structure in the United States to bear the 

checkered day-mark, intended not only for 

differentiation between similar light towers, but 

also to show direction. The center of the black 

diamonds points in a north-south direction, 

while the center of the white diamonds points 


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