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A look around inside Price's Creek

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Postby beachbum1616 » Mon May 02, 2005 3:34 pm


This first photo is a side shot of the door. Note how thick the walls are even for this short tower.

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A recently new staircase has been built in the tower. When it was built, we were not sure, but from the look of the wood, it hadn't been there long.

The tower has two windows. This is a look at the interior of the lower window.

A look down the wooden stair case and another look at the interior window.

At the top of the stairway there was a landing with just enough room to stand up striaght. When you look up, this is the view you see.

Take notice of the sealed over entrance area that use to lead to the lantern room


More later.....
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Postby Larry » Mon May 02, 2005 4:50 pm


MOST EXCELLENT!

Did I miss the back story on this? How'd you get out there?
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Postby beachbum1616 » Mon May 02, 2005 4:53 pm


No, you didn't miss it. I was leaving that for the others to tell.
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Postby Hersh » Mon May 02, 2005 7:46 pm


A lighthouse like this lets the imagination run wild doesn't it. Nice shots
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Postby Zachary » Mon May 02, 2005 7:49 pm


Bloody Sweet! Did you find out what the Pole was for?
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Postby Grover1 » Mon May 02, 2005 8:14 pm


Thank you Stephen ...

I feel like I am going to be saying that a lot over the next few days ...

They were all spectacular ... the last one making me dizzy ... felt I was there looking up with you.

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Postby Zachary » Tue May 03, 2005 5:03 am


Larry wrote:MOST EXCELLENT!

Did I miss the back story on this? How'd you get out there?

It was part of the Outer Banks retreat. Did you guys get to climb Oak Island also?
Also, another question, where there ruins of the Rear Range light?
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Postby vacastle » Tue May 03, 2005 6:23 am


Great photos, Stephen! Thanks so much for posting them quickly for all to see. I haven't had a chance to do anything with mine yet.

Zackery & Larry, and for anyone else that may have missed what we were up to...yes, this was part of the Second Outer Banks Lighthouse Retreat. Thanks to much work on the part of Southport city officials and our local planning committee, we were the first group granted permission to go on land and view the mysterious Price's Creek Front Range Light.

And the weather kept us guessing up to almost the last hour before departure!

The group made it over, divided into three trips, by pontoon boat. We were able to get in right up to the beach, jumping off onto the wet sand. Greeting us were Larry Pace, Historian & Tour Guide, and Ricky Evans, a native and local artist.

We were provided a makeshift path across a marshy area to the entrance of the tower. Many of us brought home muddy shoes as souvenirs!

Stephen's wonderful photos document our findings.

According to Larry Pace and another local historian, the pole we see today once supported the light that was inside an open cage.

Ricky Evans who grew up in the area and has made many a trip over to Price's Creek says that he has never found any visible remains of the Rear Range Light.

This was a mighty happy group this weekend to have been given this opportunity. The city officials hope that our tour will open the way for more groups to be granted permission to go over.

Judy :D

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To answer your question, Zackery, about Oak Island...we were able to go inside the tower and take photos looking up to the top. The builder, Mr. Brinkley, was there and gave us a slide presentation at the C.G. Station, and we were given a great tour of the station. Let's make all this a topic of another thread, though.
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Postby beachbum1616 » Tue May 03, 2005 3:55 pm


This is a shot of the floor including the centerpost of the stairs. It was hard to get a better shot with the limited room.


I am not sure if this was used as a vent or what. Judy, did anyone say what it was used for?

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Postby cawteener » Tue May 03, 2005 4:39 pm


Here is another one..... again, one that I took... This is one of the underside of the stairs.

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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Tue May 03, 2005 11:13 pm


Christina, you and Stephen make one heck of a photographic team!!!! :D
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Postby Pharoslvr » Wed May 04, 2005 5:21 am


Thanks for those detail-shots, Stephen & Christina! It looks as though those stairs have been recently rebuilt. Apparently someone from ADM
HAS been paying attention to that structure! GREAT! :)

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(Great interior shot of that vent, too)
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Postby Zachary » Wed May 04, 2005 5:27 am


The structure looks good, although, I think re-building stairs was kind of pointless considering they go nowhere.
Another thing I wanted to share, opening the tower to the public. I think that if the public were allowed regular access to the tower (in the same fashion as most of NC's lighthouses), it would take away the mystery of it. I don't know about you, but, Price's Creek's mystery is what keeps me drawn to it, and it's why it's my favorite NC lighthouse. It'd be great if the tower was restored fully (a new lantern room could be rebuilt etc...), but, regular access would (in my opinion) take away from it. Maybe selected open house dates would be better (like at Portsmouth Harbour).
Another thing about the stairs, they must've been threre for atleast a few years as you can see them through the window in the picture by the Lighthouse People. (look in the lower left corner of the window)
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Postby beachbum1616 » Wed May 04, 2005 5:37 am


I don't know when the lighthouse people took their photo but I am sure that the stairs have been replaced/repaired recently. The wood looked too new and didn't show much in the way of aging from the elements (water & mold).
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Postby Pharoslvr » Wed May 04, 2005 5:38 am


I wouldn't consider the rebuilding of the stairs "pointless," especially when it gives the owner's the opportunity to have emergency access to the top, plus it gives the owner's a chance to perform any necessary maintenance/inspection's to the upper areas of the tower. In addition, if and when visitor's are allowed in, it gives viewer's/photographer's the opportunity to get different perspecitves of the tower interior.
Walking into a LH tower without stairs would be like walking into a lantern room without a beacon. 8O

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