[TCML] Tesla's Colorado Springs Labs
davep at quik.com
davep at quik.com
Sun Mar 29 23:11:28 MST 2009
[I'm getitng a bit off 'practical coiling', so,
at moderator Discretion....]
> So I decided to come to to Colorado Springs ....
> That was last November...and I still haven't left. In fact, I drove
> over to 220 East Bijou Street (Tesla's old laboratory)
All the references I have seen give the location as 'near
Foote & Kiowa Streets'. That's a bit over a mile from
'220 East Bijou'. The exact location is a bit lost:
History says the lab building itself was destroyed (some
say burnt) roughly 1902 after Tesla left. The usual location
given is off the (then) Colorado Springs street grid, in
whats now a residential neighborhood.
(I've been there. 8)>>)
There is (was? its been years) a historical marker
'in a park nearby'. East Pike's Peak St if i recall.
> just the other day; and yes, it was true...his place was
> completely renovated
All the histories I have seen report Tesla's CS Springs
lab as burnt, or torn down for salvage, ca 1902.
> and rebuilt to be a state building that supports challenged teens
> The other sad part was, no one there EVEN KNEW. I walked right in there
> in the middle of the center of the building there was this large space
> where these two business-stereotypes were pointing at some statistical
> figures on a white board on an easel. I did not hesitate to openly
> announce: "Hi...So where's Tesla?"
He's been dead near 60 years, he lived at a hotel in
Colorado Springs, while there: his lab was a mile or
> The expressions in the entire room dropped and there was this long pause
> of silence; you could hear a pin drop! But I continued; "Yea, over 100
> years ago this used to be Tesla's laboratory where he developed
> technology much of which we still use today...although some of it was
> repressed." After more jaw dropping and conversing with a completely
> ignorant audience, I bid farewell as they had no clue even who Tesla
> was. And this was his OLD LAB!!
The written record has the lab a mile or so east.
> next door to what appeared to be a tavern--and the older guys there
> STILL REMEMBER when it was Tesla's laboratory.
That would make the 'older guys' 108 years old....
> What a relief! It was engaging to talk story with them for
> hours in the cold afternoon. Afterward, I walked behind the
> lab/turned/counseling center, where there was an apartment building,
> with rooms available. $325 per month sounded like a great deal to live
> that close to town, so I talked with the owner for a while and then took
> off. The coolest thing was the fact that even after all of the State's
> rebuilding, you can still recognize his laboratory as some of what it
> used to be: a large hangar!
The airplane, and the hangar to house it, were invented
invented in 1903. I gues balloon sheds existed....
Tesla's Colorado Springs Notes and other sources describe
his CS Lab as built for him, to his requirements, a mile
or so east...
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