Slayton Memorial Tower

Slayton Memorial Tower

Slayton Memorial Tower

September‎ 24‎, ‎2023 – Melrose, Massachusetts

Issue: Simple

Size: Roughly 1 mile

Max elevation: 260 ft.– complete elevation achieve roughly 153 ft.

Route kind: Out and again

Map: Mount Hood Memorial Park & Golf Course

Trailhead parking: 100 Slayton Rd, Melrose, MA 02176


Overview:

Slayton Memorial Tower additionally identified merely as Slayton Tower, is a four-story stone tower on the summit of Mount Hood in Melrose, Massachusetts. The tower stands close to the southeasterly a part of Melrose, close to the Saugus line, at an elevation of roughly 262 toes above sea stage. It gives 360° views that embrace the Boston skyline and Massachusetts Bay.

Slayton Memorial Tower

Slayton Memorial Tower

It’s situated on the grounds of the biggest Metropolis-owned park, the 251-acre, Mount Hood Memorial Park & Golf Course. A public path system surrounds the course and connects to adjoining public lands. The course’s symbolic landmark, Slayton Tower, overlooks the golf course and likewise gives a beautiful view of the Boston skyline.

Slayton Memorial Tower

Slayton Memorial Tower

 

Boston skyline from Slayton Memorial Tower

Boston skyline from Slayton Memorial Tower


Historical past:

Mount Hood was referred to as “Bear Hill” by the Wampanoag Indians, who used its elevation to sign native tribes as far west as Mount Wachusett. In 1907, John C. Slayton bought 25 acres of land from Wendell P. Hood and constructed a tower on the summit and an entry street.

Slayton Tower circa 1913

Slayton Tower circa 1913

The unique tower was destroyed by hearth and rebuilt in 1934 because the Slayton Memorial Tower.

Slayton Memorial Tower

Slayton Memorial Tower

 

Slayton Memorial Tower

Slayton Memorial Tower

From the highest of the tower, Melrose is hid beneath the tree-line in summer season, whereas Boston and the Atlantic Ocean broaden earlier than the attention, and mountainous areas of the west excite the creativeness. Appreciating the worth of such an expertise, Slayton willed his land parcel to the town. Melrose then bought a further 210 acres of land and commenced improvement of the park and golf course in 1931. The park and golf course had been accomplished by the WPA (Works Progress Administration) in 1937.


The Tower:

Please word: That is an energetic golf course. Pay attention to folks enjoying golf and the golf carts touring about, out of courtesy, and on your security.

With the Mount Hood Clubhouse in your left and First Pond straight throughout the street, proceed southeast on the street, previous Second Pond (on the left) and park on the southwest finish of Third Pond. There may be parking simply earlier than a closed gate that spans the street. Park your car and proceed on foot previous the gate on the paved street, passing Third Pond on the left. The paved street proceeds steadily uphill.

Third Pond – Mount Hood Memorial Park & Golf Course

Third Pond – Mount Hood Memorial Park & Golf Course

 

Third Pond - Mount Hood Memorial Park & Golf Course

Third Pond – Mount Hood Memorial Park & Golf Course

 

Paved Road - Mount Hood Memorial Park & Golf Course

Paved Highway – Mount Hood Memorial Park & Golf Course

After passing by an open space, you’ll come to a small parking space with concrete steps on the far finish. Proceed up the steps and the Slayton Memorial Tower is on the high of the rise. 

Paved Road - Mount Hood Memorial Park & Golf Course

Paved Highway – Mount Hood Memorial Park & Golf Course

 

Stairway to Slayton Memorial Tower

Stairway to Slayton Memorial Tower

 

Slayton Memorial Tower

Slayton Memorial Tower

Climb the tower which gives panoramic views of Melrose, surrounding communities, the Boston skyline and the Atlantic Ocean.

Slayton Memorial Tower

Slayton Memorial Tower

 

Slayton Memorial Tower

Slayton Memorial Tower

So far as I do know, the tower is all the time open to guests whereas the golf course is open.

Slayton Memorial Tower

Slayton Memorial Tower

 

Slayton Memorial Tower

Slayton Memorial Tower

 

Slayton Memorial Tower

Slayton Memorial Tower

The 40-foot stone tower was constructed with an general top of 322 toes above imply sea stage.

Slayton Memorial Tower

Slayton Memorial Tower

The four-story stone tower on the summit of Mount Hood gives far reaching views to the east, together with the Boston skyline, and Massachusetts Bay.

Boston skyline from Slayton Memorial Tower

Boston skyline from Slayton Memorial Tower

 

Atlantic Ocean from Slayton Memorial Tower

Atlantic Ocean from Slayton Memorial Tower

 

View northwest from Slayton Memorial Tower

View northwest from Slayton Memorial Tower

The realm round Slayton Tower can be house to a memorial of 1 man’s heroic act. Military Air Pressure Main Doak Weston sacrificed his personal life with a purpose to save the lives of his crew members and the lives of residents of the Melrose and Saugus space.

Major Doak Weston with his wife and two sons in an undated photograph.

Main Doak Weston along with his spouse and two sons in an undated {photograph}.

A memorial was positioned on the web site the place the B-25 Mitchel Bomber he was piloting crashed. He was piloting the bomber plane from New Hampshire to Boston following WWII when he misplaced all engines, telling his crew members to bail out earlier than crash touchdown on Mt. Hood.

B-25 Mitchel Bomber (USAF Museum photo)

B-25 Mitchel Bomber (USAF Museum photograph)

 

B-25 Bomber crash on Mt. Hood

B-25 Bomber crash on Mt. Hood

The memorial features a black, granite marker bearing the title of every crewmember, a rendering of the B-25 plane they had been flying, the Air Corps seal, and a replica of the U.S. Navy’s Distinguished Flying Cross. Weston was posthumously awarded the flying cross for, “heroism or extraordinary achievement whereas taking part in an aerial flight.”

Major Doak A. Weston Memorial

Main Doak A. Weston Memorial

The memorial additionally features a granite bench, which is inscribed with the biblical passage, “Higher love than this hath no man: than a person lay down his life for his associates.” The memorial to honor Weston’s sacrifice at Mount Hood was unveiled on Friday, Sept. 24, 2010. The sixty fifth anniversary of Weston’s loss of life.

Major Doak A. Weston Memorial

Main Doak A. Weston Memorial

Since this can be a quick stroll, it may be mixed with a brief hike to Wright’s Tower at Middlesex Fells Reservation, which is just six miles away in Medford. Excessive Rock Tower is about 7 miles away in Lynn.


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