Eastham in Barnstable County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Environment. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1978.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 41° 50.604′ N, 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); 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); The Nauset Lights (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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 17, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 264 times since then and 59 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.