A signal tower that was dedicated when Calvin Coolidge was President passed into history on Saturday, September 18, making way for the 21st Century and the Long Island Rail Road’s ongoing modernization program. Crews completed the demolition of Nassau Tower in Mineola, after salvaging certain elements that were donated to historic preservation partners, including the Oyster Bay Rail Road Museum. Throughout the past century, the tower housed signals, switches, and communications equipment until its technology was relocated to a central communications center in recent years.
The MTA-LIRR and the New York State Historical Preservation Office recognized the need to ensure the legacy of this structure, and the nearby brick Mineola Substation, prior to their removal. In March, the LIRR Expansion Project described the efforts to pay tribute to the tower and the substation, and a fascinating short documentary was produced to give future generations a greater understanding of their place in the history of the LIRR and Long Island.
We hope you will take a few minutes to check out the story of Nassau Tower, which may be gone, but will never be forgotten.
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