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Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse lights up the skies in Palm Beach County

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse lights up the skies in Palm Beach County

By day, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, on a Coast Guard base where Florida's Loxahatchee River flows toward the Atlantic, is an elegant burnt-orange baton that rises 108 feet above the town of Jupiter, in Palm Beach County, on the easternmost point of the Sunshine State. It stands on a natural sand dune which is why it's there: In the 1840s, a federal commission was tasked with building lighthouses where shipwrecks could be prevented. Here, a beacon could deter ships from running aground on the shallow coast. A lighthouse maintained by the military could also help defend Jupiter Inlet originally a meeting place for native tribes from invaders. Construction on the Jupiter Inlet...

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