nags head + a tale of whalebone junction
The story of Whalebone Junction parallels the story of the Outer Banks
Whalebone Junction is an important intersection in Nags Head, but at one time there wasn’t much there at all. Michell Wagner, writing for the North Beach Sun, tells the history of the roads and how the intersection got its name.
“At one time, it was simply referred to as “the end of the road”—a sandy intersection where several roads merged together at the southern end of Nags Head.
It was long before milepost markers were placed in the sandy soil to put this section of town on the map at 16.5. To go any farther south meant that motorists would have to pull over at Alexander Midgett’s filling station to let the air out of their tires.
From there, a dirt road led to Oregon Inlet and to the ferry shuttle Toby Tillett operated that connected the northern beach to Hatteras Island.”