Beacon of Hope: The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Celebrates 160 Years
The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse celebrates more than 160 years of lighting the way along Florida’s southern coast.
The area surrounding Jupiter Inlet may not bring to mind the classic, rocky coastlines that prove perilous to passing ships in dramatic novels. However, beyond the natural hill composed of shell and marine sand on which Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse serenely stands are submerged reefs and sandbars that have caused many a maritime catastrophe along the Florida shore. Originally commissioned in 1853, construction on the lighthouse was first delayed by storms that closed the inlet, and then by the outbreak of the Third Seminole War. However, once building began, progress was swift, and the beacon was officially lit on July 10, 1860.
This photo essay originally appeared in the Where Gold Coast GuestBook.