Marconi Wireless Station Site (South Wellfleet, Massachusetts)
Marconi site: information board
The Marconi Wireless Station Site is a historic Telegraph Station site in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. Located at the edge of Wellfleet on a cliff on the coast of Cape Cod, in Barnstable County and now belongs to the Cape Cod National Seashore. Guglielmo Marconi built the station in 1901 for his experiments with telegraph lines across the Atlantic Ocean. It consisted of four 64 meter high tower, between which the antenna is stretched, and a number of buildings in which a generator and a Tesla coil was operated to generate the transmission power.
The first transatlantic receiving a message from its transmitter in Poldhu in Cornwall Marconi succeeded in December 1901 in the Canadian Signal Hill in St. John's, Newfoundland. A year later, he was on December 17, 1902 first transatlantic test messages between his station in the Canadian Glace Bay, Nova Scotia and transferred to Polhu. On January 18, 1903 Marconi exchanged about the Wellfleet station in Cape Cod the first public news from across the Atlantic. Greetings between President Theodore Roosevelt and the King of England, Edward VII The plant was taken over by the U.S. Army, was to 1917 in operation and the transmitting towers were demolished in 1920. On May 2, 1975, she was taken under the number 75,000,158 in the National Register of Historic Places.
By the summer of 2013 was on the dune, approximately at the former location of the antenna system, a kiosk with information boards. It was demolished because the progressive erosion of the coast at risk its location. New information boards to be built off the coast at a parking lot nearby.