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When did the LORAN towers come down and how long did the job take?

Ken Little
Source: New Hanover County Tax Dept. Staff art.

Source: New Hanover County Tax Dept. Staff art.

The towers were taken down in May. The job took “approximately five weeks,” said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Lane Munroe, command center chief of Sector North Carolina.

The Coast Guard “is determining the best course of action for the land,” Monroe said.

The four 628-foot towers were located for many years on Coast Guard property on River Road.

The 210-acre tract of land near Snow’s Cut Bridge used to house a Coast Guard LORAN Station.

The towers were used to send out low-frequency radio waves for the LORAN system before the LORAN program was decommissioned in 2010.

LORAN, which stands for long-range aids to navigation, was developed during World War II. But the system couldn’t keep up with increasingly more accurate GPS navigation systems.

According to county tax records, the River Road property is valued at more than $4 million, with about $1.6 million of that total representing the office and storage buildings on site.



What will happen with the Coast Guard land on River Road now that the Loran towers are gone?

How tall are the Coast Guard LORAN towers at the south end of River Road?




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