Construction was finally completed by Captain Edward Yorke in 1860. The one-hundred and eight foot lighthouse was officially lit on July 10th.
The fact I found most amazing was that the lighthouse was partially designed by George Gordon Meade when he was a surveyor for the Army Corps of Engineers. This is the same General Meade who defeated Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg three short years later! Small world!
This was not the only Civil War connection for this lighthouse though! Shortly after the start of the war, two Confederate assistant lighthouse keepers stole lantern parts, darkening the light until after the war ended. When the parts were finally located again, the lantern was re-lit in June of 1866.
**Click Here for a 180 deg. view from the top of Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse
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