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Hillsboro Inlet postcard face - click to enlarge

Hillsboro Inlet postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart

Hillsboro Inlet

State: FL
Year established: 1907
Latitude: 26 deg 15 min 36 sec N
Longitude: 80 deg 4 min 59 sec W
Height above sea level: 136 feet

Original construction:
current 137-foot cylindrical stair tower within octagonal pyramidal iron skeleton

electrified in 1932; fully automated in 1974; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
flashing white every 20 seconds, visible for 28 nautical miles

More information:
McCarthy, Kevin, Florida Lighthouses, (Gainsville, FL: University of Florida Press, 1990), pp. 37-40
U.S. Department of Homeland Security / United States Coast Guard, Light List, Volume 3 Atlantic Coast and Gulf Coast, Little River, South Carolina to Econfina River, Florida, (Washington, DC: GPO, 2004), p. 8