Photo of the RCA Towers (1940) from 'WEAF New Transmitter Souvenir Supplement'
Do you remember the two 325-foot transmitting towers that stood where present-day Radcliff Avenue is now situated? Port Washington with its own transmitter plant and towers was an important radio center in the United States. Not too many Port Washingtonians recall seeing those towers which were demolished in 1963.
The history of Soundview Village and the NBC Transmission Towers are featured in the 2005-2006 issue of the Journal of the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society. The issue was edited by Dr. George L. Williams and includes other articles such as "Living History-Portraits" by Richard Halpern; "Outdoor Public Spaces in Port Washington" by Marina Delaney, as well as the history of all the Dodge houses and land (almost 750 acres) on the Cow Neck Peninsula.
Dr. Williams has also written an article on "Port Washington Estates in the 20th Century" focusing on Vista Way and Ivy Way, once the farmland of the Davis family.
This Journal includes almost 50 photos including some rare ones of Soundview Village, given by Seymour Malman, who was one of the developers. The genealogy of the Tristram Dodge family is also part of the issue. And can you guess at least 14 major parks and recreational areas on the peninsula? It's all in the latest Cow Neck Journal.
There is also a special memoriam to Horace Hegedorn, who died this year. He was a business leader, philanthropist and trustee of the Cow Neck Scoiety, which recalls that "reminders of his legacy are evident throughout Port Washington."
The 2005-2006 issues of the Journal can be secured from the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society, 336 Port Washington Boulevard, tel. 365-9074.