“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Cape May Point in Cape May County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

What Is It?

The Bunker

What Is It? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 20, 1999
1. What Is It? Marker
Inscription. This bunker or gun emplacement was built in 1942. The round turrets on either side held 6 inch guns. The horseshoe shaped structures which can be seen out in front of low tide are panama mounts. These were built in July 1941 prior to the construction of the more permanent bunker and held four 155mm coast artillery guns. A sister bunker stands across the bay in Lewes Delaware.

When built in 1942, the bunker was covered over with sod and stood on high ground 900 feet from the ocean. It is built of reinforced concrete. The roof and walls are 6 feet thick. Erosion and storms have washed away the land in front of and under the bunker. How long can the pilings (meant only to stabilize) support the bunker weighing thousands of tons?
Location. 38° 55.889′ N, 74° 57.339′ W. Marker is in Cape May Point, New Jersey, in Cape May County. Marker is on Lighthouse Road. Click for map. The marker is located in Cape May Point State Park near the parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Cape May Point NJ 08212, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bunker Story (here, next to this marker); Bats on the Move (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ridges, Rivers and Coastlines

The Bunker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 20, 1999
2. The Bunker
(about 800 feet away); Shorebirds Galore (approx. 0.2 miles away); What is it? (approx. 0.2 miles away); Flipper and Friends (approx. 0.2 miles away); Swarms of Dragonflies (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fragile Flyers (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cape May Point.
Categories. War, World II
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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