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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. 41° 50.604′ N, 69° 56.817′ W. Marker is in Eastham, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Marker can be reached from Ocean View Drive. Touch for map. The marker 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. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Ocean View Drive, Eastham MA 02642, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
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.
At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Life Savers (a few steps from this marker); The Outermost House (a few steps from this marker); 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); Three Sisters Lit the Way (approx. 1.2 miles away); Workboat of the Marshes (approx. 1.4 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.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 17, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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