For Sale: Rusty, Abandoned Light Tower

A rusty, abandoned light tower off the North Carolina coast is for sale and the online federal auction has attracted two mystery bidders dueling at more than $500,000 for the relic.

The Frying Pan Shoals Light Tower is nearly 35 miles off the mouth of the Cape Fear River. The former Coast Guard outpost and weather station has been replaced by buoys.

Two bidders who go by the names "hunley" and "Big Gun" have raised their offers daily. The federal auction will continue as long as one raises their bid by $3,000 each day.

The Coast Guard and state officials have explored the idea of tearing down the tower and dropping it in the ocean as an artificial reef, but that would cost more than $3 million.

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  • by K Location: Kinston on Mar 4, 2009 at 02:23 PM
    Looks like Hunley won it this morning for $515,000
  • by Scott Location: Goldsboro on Mar 4, 2009 at 02:19 PM
    VBush, for those of us who actually read what you wrote instead of reading into it, you hit it head on. It is things like this that the government would usually pay for. I didn't read anywhere in your comment where you said they were going to do it. Someone just has too much time on their hands.
  • by Ralph H Location: Kinston on Mar 4, 2009 at 07:21 AM
    Heck you could buy the entire City of Kinston for that kind of money and we could all move off and start over again somewhere else.
  • by My God on Mar 4, 2009 at 07:18 AM
    VBush, If you read you would see that they never said they were going to tear it down at the cost of cost more than $3 million. If you are going to do all that whining please wait until some one says something to whine about.
  • by Kyle on Mar 4, 2009 at 06:37 AM
    To Blake S. its not on shore its 25 miles out. built on pylons out of the water. It would make a nice reef right there. A few well paced charges would do the trick. Google it and you'll find a pic of it.
  • by not sure Location: not sure on Mar 4, 2009 at 06:04 AM
    and the economy is in a crunch????????
  • by Blake S. Location: Greenville on Mar 4, 2009 at 05:43 AM
    I agree Vbush but they were attempting to make some use of it by making it an artificial reef. Blasting it on shore wouldn't help the cause much.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Mar 4, 2009 at 04:58 AM
    3 million to drop it? Hooey! Another case of why the government bilks us out of so much money every year. Some well placed charges would drop it in one fell swoop. Boom! It's gone. No need for it to cost 3 million to accomplish that.
  • by Alison Location: Havelock on Mar 4, 2009 at 04:58 AM
    Wow! I dont know what to say about this one!

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