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Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

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Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

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     A war with the Seminole Tribe and lack of roads, it's easy to imagine the difficulties that plagued early construction of a Inlet Lighthouse - Jupiter, Florida lighthouse at Jupiter Inlet. Creating an interesting story of early Florida history, problems first arose as boats and barges were used to haul in building materials where no river channels ever existed. Continuing conflicts with Florida's warring Seminole Tribe spelled uneasy moments for the labor force. For safety, the crew built a substantial keeper's quarters located over a cistern, insuring a supply of fresh water during any prolonged siege. Nearby, warm and stagnant water created the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, and thick swarms of the annoying pests spread yellow fever and malaria. Fresnel Lens - Jupiter, Florida At a cost of 60,000 dollars, the structure was completed in 1859, only to be snuffed out by Confederate sympathizers the following year.
     Kept in remarkable condition, today the lighthouse sits proudly atop a knoll on the north side of the inlet. Standing 150 feet above sea level, the lighthouse still utilizes its original Fresnel lens. Although damaged in during a 1920s hurricane, the lens was repaired and still broadcasts it beam toward the eastern horizon, nearly 24 miles offshore. Painted with an attractive coat of red in 1910, the lighthouse is available for public tours every day from January through April, and closed only on Mondays from May through December. Tindall House - Jupiter, Florida Located on 120 acres of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area, the lighthouse is operated by the Loxahatchee River Historical Society. Tour guides lead parties to the lighthouse explaining the area's history, as well as answering any questions about lighthouse and grounds. Guests are also treated to a tour of the restored Tindall house, a typical cracker-style residence. Built of yellow pine and cypress, George Washington Tindall constructed the home in 1892 on 128 acres along the Loxahatchee River. The pioneer home was moved to the Jupiter preserve in 2007, and offers a look into the difficulties and joys of living in the late 19th century.

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