The Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse in Pompano Beach, Florida was built after four centuries of wrecks on beautiful but dangerous area reefs. Pompano Beach is often called the “Wreck Capital” of Florida because of the numerous shipwrecks in Hillsboro Inlet. The lighthouse is a guardian of safety and consolation.
The statue of “The Barefooted Mailman,” memorializes James Hamilton who mysteriously disappeared while on duty. The first mailmen worked the barefoot route from Palm Beach to Miami because there was no road connecting the 68 mile route. They traveled by boat and walked along a sandy shore.
The Hillsboro Preservation Society will offer tours on “Barefoot Mailman Remembrance Day” October 9-10. The shuttle boats to the lighthouse leave hourly from 9 am - 3 pm.
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