Bull Island Lookout
US 834, SC 5
Sarah Dawsey photo

Sarah Dawsey photo

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 834, SC 5 (view other lookouts in United States, South Carolina)
Date Registered November 17, 2009
Nominated by Ron Stafford
Location Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge
Charleston County, South Carolina
Coordinates N 32° 54.416' W 079° 36.800' (view using Google Maps)
N 32° 54' 25" W 079° 36' 48"
N 32.906940° W 079.613330°
Elevation 17 ft (5 m)
Built 1932
Administered by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Cooperators Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge


This 110' Aermotor steel tower with 7'x7' glass-enclosed cab, constructed by the Bureau of Biological Survey circa 1932-1934, is the tallest in the state. Bull Island is an undeveloped barrier island within the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Since the early settlements, Bulls Island has been the scene of much historical activity. Bulls Bay and the creeks behind Bulls Island were reputed hideouts for pirates plundering ships along the coast. During the Revolutionary War, British warships used the island to replenish supplies. For 240 years, 36 parties claimed ownership of Bulls Island. In 1925, New York banker and broker Gayer Dominick purchased the island. An avid outdoorsman, Dominick built a large vacation home and developed the island into a hunting preserve. In 1936, Dominick conveyed the island to the U.S. Government and Bulls Island became part of the Cape Romain NWR.


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