How to move a brick lighthouse

ktanner@thetribunenews.comApril 26, 2013 

Clearly, this was not your daddy’s house-moving project: Transporting a 4,400-ton, circa 1870 brick lighthouse 2,900 feet to reduce the risk of damage due to shoreline erosion, which had crept ever closer through the decades.

During a special power-point presentation in the Hearst Castle Theater at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, lighthouse lovers and the just-plain-curious can find out how the massive National Park Service tower-moving project was accomplished in June 1999.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick lighthouse tower in North America. The structure is part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina.

A $5 donation is requested. The presentation is sponsored by Piedras Blancas Light Station Association.

The Piedras light station has been undergoing some major renovations of its own, under the management of the Bureau of Land Management and with extensive volunteer assistance from the association.

To help fund those endeavors, the association is selling engraved brick pavers to be installed in a path around the lighthouse. A minimum $100 tax-deductible donation is required for each standard-sized brick, each of which can be engraved with up to three lines of up to 16 characters per line, including spaces and punctuation.

For details on the Cape Hatteras presentation or the brick project, call 927-3719.

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