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These silent sentinels are perhaps the most iconic images of Cape Cod. They’re on our license plates, potato chip bags, and on the sign welcoming visitors to the Cape even before they get over the bridge. Gift shops are loaded with lighthouse themed trinkets, and artists have used them as inspiration for paintings, sculptures, and photo series. But for many, the history of these lighthouses, the bureaucracy that managed them, and the brave men and women who worked round the clock to maintain these vital aids to navigation remains a mystery.

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