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Eastham in Barnstable County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Changing Beach

 
 
Changing Beach Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, September 14, 2016
1. Changing Beach Marker
Inscription.  The barren sandspit to your right was once the site of the Coast Guard Beach bathhouse and its asphalt parking area. Today they are gone, erased by the forces of the sea.

In February 1978, the same winter storm that brought a famous blizzard to Boston caused unusually high tides and waves here. Gradually the water level rose until all you could see were the tops of the dunes. In just 48 hours, the ebb and flow of the tides carried away the buildings, parking lot, and dunes.

We are reminded that the ocean landscapes are transitory. Under the influence of water and wind, the sands continually move. Spits form and elongate, inlets break through the spits, dunes grow and migrate inland, and the contours of the beach change slightly with each breaking wave.
 
Erected by Cape Cod National Seashore.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 41° 50.604′ N, 69° 56.817′ W. Marker was in Eastham, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Marker could be reached from Ocean View Drive. The marker
In 1977 you would be able to see the bathhouse and parking lot from here. image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, September 14, 2016
2. In 1977 you would be able to see the bathhouse and parking lot from here.
is located at the end of a short path between the two buildings of the former Nauset Coast Guard Station. The path starts at the parking lot in front of the buildings. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 2 Ocean View Drive, Eastham MA 02642, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Coast Guard Beach: (here, next to this marker); Journey of the Mayflower (a few steps from this marker); The Outermost House (a few steps from this marker); The Life Savers (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing. ); Outermost cliff and solitary dune… (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Doane Rock (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Long, Black Cable (approx. 1.2 miles away); Pushed Back by the Sea (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eastham.
 
Also see . . .
1. Blizzard of 1978. (Submitted on December 17, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
2. The bathhouse before the Blizzard. (Submitted on December 17, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. DisastersEnvironment
 
A view toward Coast Guard Beach shows the influence of wind and water. image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, September 14, 2016
3. A view toward Coast Guard Beach shows the influence of wind and water.
This house located 1 mile down the beach has so far survived. image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, September 14, 2016
4. This house located 1 mile down the beach has so far survived.
It was completely washed away in the winter storm of January 2019.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2020. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 19 times this year. Last updated on January 3, 2020, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 17, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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