Where in the Valley Contest: Tower Power
This storied structure offers one-of-a-kind views
Photograph by Kelly Marsh
You can drive up a steep and winding road to this mountaintop stone tower that sits 1,305 feet above the Hudson River. Or you can hike up the two-mile trail. Either way, when you reach the summit of this historic state park, you will be rewarded with magnificent panoramic views of the Valley and beyond. In fact, on a clear day you can see the New York City skyline and vistas in three other states.
The 65-foot-tall tower, made of large granite blocks, and the road that leads to it, took two years to build. More than 1,500 men from Depression-era public works programs lived on site and made an average weekly salary of $12. It was difficult and dangerous work — more than fifty thousand pounds of dynamite were used. In October 1934 President Roosevelt and the First Lady were on hand to inaugurate the tower, which is named after a wealthy businessman who was instrumental in establishing parks in the region. Used as a weather station and fire lookout through the 1950s, the tower is now open to the public.
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