JUPITER INLET LIGHTHOUSE

Jupiter, Florida

 

 

Drove in from Ponce de Leon Inlet after sorta glancing in the direction of Cape Canaveral. But with our experience at the Mayport Naval Station, we skipped on by. Still too late to go up the tower or even go on the grounds outside. So my shots are mostly from across the mouth of the river on a little pier.

They torched on in July of 1860, but the Confederates struck again at the beginning of the war and put it out a year later. It was relit in 1866 after they found all the pieces of the lens and put it back together. The red brick tower stands 105 feet above the ground and 146 feet above sea level, with the original 1st order, revolving lens. This  lens was broken during a 1950's hurricane. The keeper managed to glue it back together and bound it with brass.

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