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This cache is at the location of the first car accident on Ocracoke island. Read the story below to find out more about that event. I have removed the street names from the story so the find will be a little more of a challenge!
Story copyright Philip Howard, 2002. You can read more of Philip's wonderful stories about island history here: (visit link)
On August 23, 1925 the “Victoria S” wrecked on Ocracoke beach. Luckily, the crew was rescued, but the cargo was lost and lumber washed up on the beach for some time afterwards.
It happened at that time that two Ocracoke natives had recently purchased Model T flatbed trucks. Mr. Albert Styron and Mr. Wil Willis were both island merchants who saw the value in having gasoline powered vehicles. Unfortunately, the only roads on the island were generally deep soft sand, which made driving extremely difficult. More often than not, the trucks would be stuck in the sand.
Both Mr. Styron and Mr Willis were hired by the shipping company to help transport the lumber from the Victoria S into the village where it could be loaded aboard another vessel to carry it back to its owners. In 1925 xxx Street was the main thoroughfare through the village. The road around the harbor had not yet been laid out, and the “xxx Road” was so recent that it was still an obstacle course of tree stumps.
xxx Street, of course, was very soft, especially around the curve at the intersection of “xxx Lane.” Mr. Styron was traveling in one direction, Mr. Willis in the other, carrying lumber back and forth from the shipwreck. Coincidentally, they both were approaching this curve at the same time, and they both accelerated to help make it through the softest part of the road.
And this is how it happened that the only two vehicles on the island happened to have a head on collision in 1925, Ocracoke’s very first automobile accident.
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