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Old Apr 11, 2010, 9:27 PM   #1
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Default Devil's Tower in New Jersey

My wife and I went to Alpine, NJ (near the border with NY) to take pictures of Devil's Tower, a supposedly very haunted tower that even Wikipedia says so.

But the tower's being haunted was just a small part of the reason we went there. What drew us there was the neighborhood that according to Forbes is the most expensive zip code in the country. (90210 in Beverly Hills only ranks fifth.) Median home price there is over $4 million. We were hoping we might see Sean (Diddy) Combs, Chris Rock, or Patrick Ewing in their frontyards -- all residents of Alpine NJ .

We didn't take pictures of the homes to respect people's privacy. Seeing the mansions some with tennis courts in their backyards was enough for us.

But we did take pictures of the Devil's Tower.

A wealthy man built the tower in the 1900s so his wife can see New York City from afar. The wife, however, jumped to her death when she saw her husband with another woman. (Not true, according to Wikipedia.)

We didn’t see any ghosts -- nor did we see any celebrities. We did, however, hear occasional knocking from the top of the tower. It was windy and we dismissed it as just plywood being banged against the wall by the wind.

Then again, maybe it wasn't plywood. Maybe it was the woman's ghost. And we were being beckoned into the realm of the supernatural...

#1. Devil’s Tower in Alpine, NJ.


#2. Looking up Devil’s Tower.


#3. I photographed every window but didn’t see any ghost.


#4. Ground level at Devil’s tower…


#5. How Devil's Tower might look if you drive by alone at night.


Thank you for looking! C&C welcome.

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Old Apr 11, 2010, 9:29 PM   #2
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Nice series of the tower, I like the BW, it give a good sense of what it might look like at night with a clear night and full moon with the shadows on the tower.
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Old Apr 11, 2010, 9:42 PM   #3
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Thanks, shoturtle! I was playing around with the "infrared" filter in PSE.
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Old Apr 12, 2010, 1:42 AM   #4
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I like #1 especially, which shows the structure in its setting. The contrast between nature and structure is striking.
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Old Apr 12, 2010, 1:33 PM   #5
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Thats some story. Very good photo's I like the eeriness of the B&W, it goes well with a haunted tower.
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Old Apr 13, 2010, 1:02 PM   #6
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Thanks, Walter. Thanks, lomitamike.

I just found out (through further googling) there's a marina (and public picnic area) nearby at Alpine Boat Basin. I could have taken pictures there like Walter S. does in Norway. Hopefully we can go there again.
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Old Apr 13, 2010, 2:55 PM   #7
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So who owns the tower now? And can you go up to see NY?
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Old Apr 14, 2010, 7:37 AM   #8
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The inscription reads:

Alpine Stone Clock Tower

Formerly Rio Vista Observation and Memorial Tower
Original Owner: The Late Manuel Rionda
Erected 1910 - Gothic Revival Design
Plaque Presented by The Alpine Historical Society
April 1998

So I guess it is now owned by “The Alpine Historical Society”.

#6. Sign.


#7. There's video surveillance camera I guess to deter vandals out to have a night of fun like those found on youtube.


#8. The Esplanade is the road that leads to Devil’s Tower. Homes are still being constructed in the affluent Borough of Alpine as can be seen on the right.
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#4 is such a strong picture. loving the casting shadows !

#8 wow, that looks like a portal into another world !
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Old Apr 23, 2010, 7:27 AM   #10
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Thanks, Acapulco!

When I found out about the Devil's Tower (on google), I also found out about abandoned and supposedly haunted buildings nearby. I would love to take pictures of them, too.
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