Just a Tower - Not a Castle

Photos: CrazyasaCoolFox
This week's Sepia Saturday prompt shows a mighty castle. In the UK and Europe you all have tons of those impenetrable fortresses, but over here in the colonies we have very little to compare.

One edifice that comes to mind is the tower in Atkinson Common in a neighboring city across the river from where I grew up. This tower I believe is a WPA project built in the 1930's during the depression to put craftsman to work. It was designed to be the center piece in a park that memorializes the city's Civil War veterans.

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Originally there was a wooden tower set off in a corner of the park. That became too decayed and dangerous to climb. From the new tower the views must have been tremendous of the surrounding fields as well as looking down the Merrimack River valley. By the time I experienced climbing the tower the views were gone as the surrounding trees had grown up enough to block those magnificent sights.

Postcard: CrazyasaCoolFox
The tower still stands today, but in deplorable condition. The iron gates are welded shut. Looking through those gates shows evidence of late night parties with crushed beer cans and shards of broken bottles. It is said the landings on each floor are to weak and might collapse. Sadly no one has been to the top in decades. Occasionally there is call to restore the tower to it's former glory but talk is all that comes of it.

Incidentally the two teenage women in the photos are my mother, in blue, and her friend. Those photos were probably shot in the late 1930's. Click here to go to "The Kissing Bridge" also part of this beautiful park.

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21 Wits said…
I like the photo of your mother and her friend, all of them are delightful, and special for me, since we have a slim amount of castles in America, and it's wonderful to see what some Sepians have found for this theme!
Mike Brubaker said…
An appropriate American choice for a ancient ruin. It's sad that memorials like this are so often neglected after just a few generations.
Boobook said…
The photos are really sweet.
Lovely's Blot said…
I think in the UK we sometimes take our castles for granted.. Now I live in France I notice that the castles are different.. more spread out and those that are left are grander, but not so many of the smaller castles that you just seem to come across.
Little Nell said…
Nicely composed shot of Mother and friend.
Postcardy said…
I have seen quite a few towers on postcards, but I never knew their purpose (except for water towers).
Kathy said…
What a shame that it has fallen into such a state. Lovely pictures of your mom and her friend!
Bob Scotney said…
The tower is quite a youngster to have been 'abandoned' already. Pity it can't/won't be restored - it really needs a history to go with it.
See, if we did have castles over here we'd either raise them to build a strip mall or do as has been done to this one. Forget it and not dump a penny into it. Sad. Very sad.

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