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The first Cape Hatteras lighthouse was built in 1802 and lit in 1803. Since the 1800′s, a lighthouse at Cape Hatteras has marked the twelve-mile (12) long sandbar that lies just offshore, called Diamond Shoals. Cape Hatteras sits on a narrow strip of sand on the eastern most point of the United States in North Carolina. "The current Cape Hatteras lighthouse is America’s tallest lighthouse at 198 feet high."