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Mount Greylock Veterans War Memorial

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Mount Greylock Veterans War Memorial Tower - Lanesborough, Massachusetts

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     Off to the northwest corner of the state, Mount Greylock is the Massachusetts high point, rising nearly 3500 feet. Along with a web of hiking trails, including the Appalachian Trail, a seasonal road allows visitors to explore the Mount Greylock area. Opened to the public in 1933, one of the summit highlights is the Veterans War Memorial Tower.
     Built as a permanent war memorial to World War I veterans, the 93 foot tower was originally designed to shine to perpetually for the men and women lost in war. Now, the light is ocasionally extinguished for star parties and during bird migratory seasons.
     Built of granite blocks by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the stone tower endured harsh weather extremes and many frost and thaw cycles. During its last 80 years the memorial has undergone several improvement projects and total restoration periods. Well known for the marvelous 360 degree views from its observation portals, the tower is now closed once again due to unsafe conditions. Following a total disassembly and reconstruction in 1973, architects are studying the best ways to proceed in a 2014 restoration.
     Although climbing in the tower is now off-limits, views from the top of Mount Greylock are still spectacular. Nearby the famous Berkshire Hills, this section of the state has always been praised for its mountain beauty. Located in the only taiga-boreal forest in the state, this area was the first section of public land preserved in Massachusetts. Presented with the name Mount Greylock State Reservation, the preserve dates back to 1898.

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