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This view is looking west from Overlook Mountain, towards the central Catskills. These include the highest peaks, including Slide Mountain (4190 feet/1276 m) just to the left of center. Visible in the center of the photograph are the empty concrete shell of the Overlook Mountain House and the former transmitter tower for WTZA/WRNN TV (channel 62 infomercials). It is currently unused, and the town of Woodstock would like the tower torn down (it's considered an eyesore).
This was to be the third Mountain House to stand on this site (the previous two burned down). Its construction was begun in the 1920s, well after the Catskills had passed their peak as a vacation destination. It was never completed, with construction coming to a halt during the Great Depression, and weather, fire, and local scavangers taking their toll. Similar fates befell the other Mountain Houses scattered around the Catskills, and today only the Meads Mountain House (lower down the mountain and not visible here, part of the KTD Buddhist monastery in Woodstock) and the Mohonk Mountain House (and its associated nature preserve) remain.
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