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War of the Worlds

March 8, 2016

For work purposes, I’ve spent more than my fair share of time in Central NJ. Rarely have I bothered to venture out after work, but an early feel of spring made me want to get some fresh air.  Also, I recently discovered, and had found some sights. So tonight I ventured out to Grover’s Mill, NJ, known for its role in the 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast.

I won’t bother to recap the well-known history of that, but thanks to RoadsideAmerica, I did learn there were a couple of sights to see (All shots were taken with my iPhone 6s and edited in Photoshop Elements.)

Located in small Van Nest Park is a monument to the broadcast:

Nearby (but not publicly accessible) is the water tower that may have been mistaken for a Martian spaceship (it isn’t clear to me if that is true or just folklore).


There is some controversy about whether the panic was as widespread as it has commonly been reported.  I refer to an interesting episode of the Skeptoid podcast for a skeptical view of the popular history.  Regardless, it is an interesting piece of American history and I enjoyed being able to pay a short visit to the supposed Martian landing site.


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  1. Looks like your need for fresh air paid off Andy – interesting place!


  2. It is funny now how could anyone be so naive. Well, when I was a little kid listening to the radio, I thought that when it was shut off, it would pick up at that same place when I turned the radio on again. Eight year old minds….


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