The Mt. Greylock War Memorial is getting some federal money for repairs that are again needed for the historic tower.
Located near the community of Lanesborough in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, high atop a mountain, the Mt. Greylock War Memorial will share with the historic Bascom Lodge $800,000 in money from the Federal Highway Administrations National Scenic Byways Program.
The structure has been plagued by water and ice problems ever since in was built in 1931 to honor the fallen of World War I. At one point the structure was closed for over a decade because of falling bricks. In the 1970s it was nearly literally rebuilt. In 1997 it received a $1 million facelift. Just how much of the new $800,000 in funds is going to the memorial is not yet clear. However a spokesperson said the money will go toward exterior preservation and systems upgrades to solve moisture problems and more.
For years many believed the structure was actually designed as a lighthouse for the Charles River near Boston and removed brick by brick to its current location. The story has been told so much, in so many places, that it has almost become a true part of American folklore. However, nothing could be further from the truth. It may look like a lighthouse, it may be part of lighthouse lore, but it was never a lighthouse. It is however, one of America’s most historic structures.
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