You can find several photos on Flickr if you search for "Jockey's Ridge Sand Castle." Does anyone know what happened to the turrets? In the earlier photos, when the castle began to emerge from the sand, there are two turrets that are almost fully intact. Now only their metal skeletons are left, and the one that used to be on top of the column that was part of an arch (to the left of the castle if your back is to the ocean/Kitty Hawk Kites side) is completely gone. Do you think tourists took it, or parts of it, or did the weather just blow it away in pieces?
Thanks so much to those who posted these pictures. I had asked a little while back, on the message board, if anyone has any information about it. It's such a neat thing all around. There must be a good close-up picture somewhere of what the course looked like in 1978 - a post card, pamphlet, something. I read that there's an old Nags Head hotel buried under there.