Wardenclyffe Tower also known as the Tesla Tower, was an early experimental wireless transmission station designed and built by Nikola Tesla in Shoreham, New York in 1901–1902. Tesla intended to transmit messages, telephony and even facsimile images across the Atlantic to England and to ships at sea based on his theories of using the Earth to conduct the signals. His decision to scale up the facility and add his ideas of wireless power transmission to better compete with Guglielmo Marconi’s radio based telegraph system was met with refusal to fund the changes by the project’s primary backer, financier J. P. Morgan. Additional investment could not be found, and the project was abandoned in 1906, never to become operational.

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Tesla’s Lab and Tower in 1904  Image: Wikimedia Commons

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In an attempt to satisfy Tesla’s debts, the tower was demolished for scrap in 1917 and the property taken in foreclosure in 1922.

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The demolition of Tesla’s transmission tower in 1917 Image: Wikimedia Commons
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The only surviving former workshop of the inventor Nikola Tesla in Shoreham
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Part of the what is left of the base of Tesla’s transmission tower

 

 

 

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