The Veterans War Memorial Tower sits at the top of the highest peak in Massachusetts, Mount Greylock. Mount Greylock has an evaluation of 3,489 feet and it is a very popular destination for locals and visitors due to its auto road which makes the summit accessible for all. The summit offers spectacular 360-degree views of Massachusetts and the surrounding states. The summit is also home to the Veterans War Memorial Tower. In 1932, the monument was first completed and in the summer of 1933, it was officially dedicated to the men and women who had given their lives in war. A light shinned from the top of the monument at night and it could be seen for miles.
During the first winter of its existence, the tower was faced with brutal conditions. Storms at the summit were so powerful that the tower was continually in need of repairs. During the 1960s, the condition of the tower was so poor that it had to be condemned and taken down. For many years, locals wondered what would replace the tower. After many ideas were considered, it was ultimately decided that another tower be built. In 1975, a new 94-foot tower was erected and it too was dedicated and lit. Sadly, this current Veterans War Memorial Tower has faced the same problems as the original. In 2013, it was closed for a period of time so that $2.5 million worth of repairs could be done. In 2017, the tower officially re-opened and allowed visitors to climb to the top of it. The light at the top is also turned on every night.
- Type: Monument and Summit
- Parent mountain:
- Easiest trail: Mount Greylock Overlook Trail
- Trail distance: 2.4 miles loop
- Trail difficulty: Moderate
- Trail popularity: Medium
- Elevation gain: 639 feet
- Estimated hike time: 1-2 hours
- Accessible by car? Yes
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