Welcome to Vintage Fascination from Delray Beach Florida.
Yesterday, my daughter and I drove up the coast to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.
We took the slow route up A1A right by the beach. The ocean was a lovely azure blue.
Sadly, we took so long to drive up the coast that we arrived too late to go up the lighthouse but I was able to make a few photos.
Congress provided $35,000 in 1853 for establishing a lighthouse at Jupiter inlet, to mark the dangerous shoals lying off that point, and to guide vessels along the coast.
Built on top a hill at an elevation of forty-six feet the lighthouse rises an additional 105 feet.
The mound where the lighthouse sits is surrounded by flat land making the elevation of the hill unusual. The lighthouse was built on a hill once thought to be an Indian shell or burial mound but is now determined to be a natural parabolic sand dune.
After spending $60,859.98, almost twice the original appropriation, the lighthouse finally began operation on July 10, 1860.
We had a wonderful dinner across the inlet from the lighthouse.
Then, we drove back on A1A until it became too dark to see the ocean. Then we took a less scenic route down I-95 for a few miles.
The lighthouse has an extraordinary and remarkable history, read more about it at Lighthouse Friends.
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