Lighthouses

Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse

The Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse

The Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse in a picture on a nice day.

The Lighthouse Board granted the Congress yearly with funds to set up a light station at Hillsboro Inlet, throughout the 1885 and 1901.

The stretch of land where the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse was erected was a part of a vast area land granted to Wills Hills by the English Crown, the Earl of Hillsborough. He worked as the British Secretary of State for these colonies from 17 68 to 1772. Hillsboro Beach, lighthouse and island all still are named after the Earl, though the name was shortened a little. An atmosphere of aristocracy still prevails and is felt in the area when you drive through Millionaire’s Mile and catch a glimpse of the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse. In 1932, Hillsboro Inlet Light Station was electrified and then later in 1974 it was completely automated. The beachfront immerged as holiday cottages for some senior army personnel as there were no longer residential keepers dwelling there. For years, the rotating Fresnel lens continually flashed a beam over the ocean, until the electrified mechanism drive failed suddenly in 1992. A modern beacon was temporarily used it was installed on outer railing lantern room. The future of the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse was debated upon and till then the Fresnel lens sat motionless in 1996, it was compromised that the lens was to be uninstalled and put for display in a museum. A group of worried citizens formed the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Society, the following year, whose main aim was to restore and get the Fresnel lens reactivated. A ceremony was held on 14th June 2003, in honour of the lighthouse. Later, the US Postal Service issued a set of stamps honouring the South-eastern Lighthouses, and the Hillsboro Inlet Light Station represented Florida. Later that very year, another ceremony for the Barefoot Mailman Statue dedication was held as the statue was repositioned on the grounds of the Light Station.

The Barefoot Mailman Statue isn’t the only memorial stature on the grounds of the Hillsboro Inlet Light Station. Close to the radio and the generator building which now serves as a small museum, are a fog bell, a flag post and a plaque that were placed for honouring the keepers who dedicated their lives to serve the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse. These are attempts to keep in mind the workers of the light house for their invaluable services.

Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse Upper Section

A picture focused on the upper area of the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse.

 

Tourists At The Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse

A nice shot of the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse and surrounding tourists.

 

From Afar The Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse Stands

A distant view of the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse standing above all else.

 

Postcard Of The Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse

A image of a the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse on a postcard.

 

Sunset At The Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse

A amazing picture of the sun setting at the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse.

  1. Trudy Said,

    would like to purchase one, How to I do it?

  2. Dona I Cupp Said,

    Beautiful photograph

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