"Until the Cape Cod Canal opened in 1914, every vessel sailing between Boston and points south had to weather the dangers of Cape Cod's dreaded sand bars that thrust out into the Atlantic Ocean. In 1797, the U.S. government constured the first lighthouse on Cape Cod. These lonely sentinels have since provided guidance to mariners."
"The original lighthouse was built in 1797, torn down in 1857 and the present tower erected. It stands on a cliff 140 ft. above sea level and is the second most powerful light on the Atlantic Coast."
"This lighthouse and lifeguard station is situated on a high bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the most powerful lights on this coast. Storm warnings for small craft are shown by red flag."
Mayo Beach Light, Wellfleet