Happy Columbus Day!

In the spirit of Columbus and discovering new places, my family and I went to visit the Jupiter Inlet lighthouse, a 108-foot tower officially lit on July 10, 1860. Rich in history, the climb to the top offered some incredible views and played a crucial role throughout several wars.

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During the Civil War, the inlet was used as a thorough fare for the Confederates to ship in supplies. When the North found out, they used the lighthouse to “shine the light” on the Confederates and take them out as they passed through. Didn’t take the South long to figure this one out, and they ensued with battle, reclaiming the lighthouse and their supply route.

During World War II, merchant ships carried war supplies and fuel to our troupes in Europe. They left the port of New Orleans, traveled near the Jupiter coast, where German submarines sat right outside the inlet, armed with torpedoes to sink them.

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US Military used the lighthouse to create Station J—a secret operation designed to intercept U-boat radio messages and tip-off U.S. forces to attack enemy vessels. Tuning into the frequencies used by the U-boats, Station J was able to pinpoint the locations of the submarines, which would surface every night to charge their batteries and send their locations and weather reports back to Germany. As a result, the US aircraft was able to seemingly come out of nowhere and attack the subs, ending the German dominance of the Atlantic.

Speaking of discovering new things, as we climbed the narrow passageway up to the top of the lighthouse, I learned that my daughter doesn’t like high places. Her white-knuckled grip as she hugged the tower behind her gave it away. Who knew?

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I guess it’s not every day you find yourself a 108 feet in the air… While she won’t be heading back up any time soon, we had fun and the views were incredible. If you’re ever in South Florida, make a point to stop and visit Jupiter. From the blue-water beaches to the brick-red lighthouse views, it makes for a memorable trip.

 

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Posted on October 13, 2014, in Blog Posts and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the history lesson and the travel tip! Looks warm!

  2. I love lighthouses and your trip sounds delightful. The water and the greenery are peaceful. How fun! We obviously have lighthouses along our coast here in California but I haven’t seen many. This prompts me to do something about that.
    Thank you.

  3. I’ve been twenty lighthouses up and down the east coast, but not that one. You’ve given me a reason for a road trip. 😉

  4. Beautiful pictures, Dianne, and happy Columbus Day! Up in Canada, we’re celebrating Thanksgiving today. 🙂

  5. Jupiter is one of my favorite places in Florida. The scuba diving in the area is surprisingly good.

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