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Adams in Berkshire County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

“A Beacon Standing for Peace”

 
 
"A Beacon Standing for Peace" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtney Michael, July 8, 2011
1. "A Beacon Standing for Peace" Marker
Inscription.
In 1931, the state set aside funds for a memorial to honor Massachusetts men and women who had died during the World War. Originally designed as a lighthouse for Boston's Charles River estuary, the tower's beacon was intended "to shine each night, perpetually, to honor the memory of fallen heroes and to guide aviators in their lone night-time journeys oer the treacherous mountain range." It stands as a timeless memorial to casualties of all wars.

When it was built, the beacon was the most powerful light in Massachusetts, and could be seen for 70 miles. The granite tower is 92 feet tall, and the largest blocks weigh eight tons. The tower was formally dedicated by Governor Joseph B. Ely in 1933, before a crowd of 1,200 people, in what was called "the greatest event the mountain has had."
 
Location. 42° 38.233′ N, 73° 9.97′ W. Marker is in Adams, Massachusetts, in Berkshire County. Marker can be reached from Summit Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Adams MA 01220, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mount Greylock, elevation 3,491 feet (here, next to this marker); Veterans War Memorial Tower (a few steps from this marker); War Memorial Tower

<i>Memorial Beacon Greylock Mountain Adams, Mass. Elevation 3505 ft.</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard by the Smith Studio, 1933
2. Memorial Beacon Greylock Mountain Adams, Mass. Elevation 3505 ft.
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Mount Greylock Summit (within shouting distance of this marker); The Summit: An Island Above the Clouds (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Greylock, Elevation 3,491 Feet (within shouting distance of this marker); One Hundred Years (within shouting distance of this marker); The Summit: A Peak Experience (within shouting distance of this marker).
 
Additional keywords. Mount Greylock
 
Categories. LandmarksWar, World I
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2011, by Courtney Michael of Medford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 752 times since then and 47 times this year. Last updated on October 14, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. Photos:   1. submitted on July 9, 2011, by Courtney Michael of Medford, Massachusetts.   2. submitted on February 5, 2015. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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