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Designed by Nikola Tesla and funded by wealthy banker and lawyer James S. Warden, Wardenclyffe Tower was meant to be a telecommunications tower intended for commercial use by telephone companies, radio broadcasting, and to demonstrate the ability to transmit power without interconnecting wires. Sometimes called the Tesla Tower, James Warden also built a small resort city nearby (which he named Wardenclyffe-On-Sound) which he believed would, with the completion of Tesla’s tower, become a true radio city with power beamed directly to people’s homes. However, a dropout by investors in 1904, and the expiration of the royalty-providing-patents owned by Tesla in 1905, meant that funding for the tower was lost just as it was on the verge of completion. Abandoned and falling apart by 1915, newspapers took to calling Wardenclyffe Tower “Tesla’s Million Dollar Folly.” In September of 1917, the tower was destroyed with dynamite when the United States Government, fearful of German spies during The Great War, thought it might be used as a landmark for German Submarines.
Not-quite a decade later, very few head to Wardenclyffe Tower’s remains or the Radio City of Wardenclyffe-On-Sound. However, some rare travellers on repeat trips through the area have mentioned that the tower appears to have undergone some renovations, possibly due to the land’s buyer, George Boldt.
A few newspaper stories have reported on houses, and in some strange cases vehicles, suddenly losing all power and stopping before, without warning, starting yet again. No pattern has yet been demonstrated, though some wonder if Wardenclyffe Tower might not be quite as abandoned as people say these days.