HILLSBORO INLET LIGHTHOUSE

Hillsboro Inlet, Florida

 

 

 

This one gave us a bit of trouble and so we only got to this fence at sunset. Dusk actually. A tripod and remote shutter cord got me two nice flashes, but that was it. We headed for The Keys to spend the night. The light house was the last beach light to be constructed in Florida and sits on a stretch between Pompano Beach and Boca Raton.

Hillsboro Inlet was named after the Earl of Hillsboro and it seems to me that I read somewhere that his name was longer, maybe Hillsborough. It got changed through translations or laziness. It is your typical skeleton tower, built in 1907. It stands 137 feet tall with a focal plane of 136 feet and still shines through the original 2nd order lens.

Some mailman named James Hamilton drowned while trying to swim across the inlet since the boat wasn't there. He was never found. Alligators, hostile Indians, or sharks. Take your pick. Not my three favorite ways. 

 

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