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The town of Jupiter sits within an area that was originally named after the Hobe Indian Tribe. This tribe made its home near the Loxahatchee River. Its name is preserved in the adjacent Hobe Sound. At one point in time, a cartographer mistook the spelling of Hobe to be the Spanish Jobe but recorded is as Hove. Other mapmakers took this to be a Latin translation of the name Jupiter.
Jupiter was the main Roman God who was in charge of light, the sky and the weather. This god was also in charge of states and their laws and welfare. Jupiter also had a wife named Juno. This is the inspiration for the town near Jupiter called Juno Beach.
The greatest landmark in the town is the Inlet Lighthouse which was built in 1960 and painted red in 1910. This was to cover up the discoloration of the lighthouse caused by humidity. This first-order lighthouse was appropriated by Congress to be built for about $35,000. Its primary purpose was to mark the reef off and aid in navigating sea vessels. The Indian War, which carried on during the lighthouse’s building and erection, caused the final cost to rise, due to delays, to $60,000.
In 2004, Hurricane Jean blew much of the paint from the top portion of the tower. It had to be repainted using potassium silicate minerals. Today, it is the main point of interest in the town.
For visitors, the Tower Trip offers an excellent excursion. They can climb the 105 steps in the Jupiter Lighthouse which is the oldest structure in Palm Beach County. It stands on a hill of nature shell, marine sands, above reefs and sandbars that extend approx. 41,000 feet. The sandbars have been a long-term cause of shipwrecks.
Jupiter gets a mild, dry winter and a hot, wet summer with its Tropical climate. Thunderstorms and showers are a common occurrence during the summer but they are brief, making Jupiter a pleasant enough escape just about any time of the year. Jupiter is lined with tropical trees, gorgeous landscaping and boasts several public parks. It is also a town filled with homes.