Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Jupiter Inlet Light, Lighthouse in Florida

Jupiter Lighthouse, Jupiter, Florida
Photo by Wm. Taylor

This postcard is unused. 

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The Jupiter Inlet Light is located on the north side of the Jupiter Inlet. The site for the lighthouse was chosen in 1853.  The work was interrupted from 1856 to 1858 by the Third Seminole War but it was completed in 1860 at a cost of more than $60,000.

Today the Loxahatchee River Historical Society today operates the Lighthouse and the Museum located on the same property.  Visitors can climb the lighthouse tower. (Which I have done. There is a beautiful view from the top of the very steep winding stairs.)
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Jupiter, Florida

The historic Jupiter lighthouse.
Photo by Martin Gordash

This postcard is postmarked in 2010 with two vintage USA stamps.

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The sender used a Brown Pelican stamp and wrote the following:
Brown Pelicans are permanent residents in Jupiter, and they can be seen around the Marina by the lighthouse.
USA stamp 1972
Wildlife Conservation
Brown Pelican, 8 cents
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USA stamp 1982
Ponce de Leon 20 cents
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Juan Ponce de León(1474 – July 1521)  was a Spanish explorer and conquistador. He became the first Governor of Puerto Rico by appointment of the Spanish crown. He led the first European expedition to Florida, which he named. He is associated with the legend of the Fountain of Youth, reputed to be in Florida.

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