It is the rare friend who builds a tower as a monument to your life and friendship but that is exactly what Stephen Salisbury did for George Bancroft. Few people around here know who George Bancroft is or that he has a tower memorial in Worcester MA, not far from WPI at coordinates 42.2765,-71.8158. Yesterday, we decided to go see this tower (first time ever - didn't know it was here).
A little closer look at the monument:
At the foot of the tower is this explanatory plaque:
The location of the tower is on one of the noted 7 hills of Worcester. Looking back, you get this view.
More on Bancroft (below left) and Salisbury (below right) to follow.
In life, George Bancroft was a towering personality, as a writer, politician, historian, diplomat and academic, with numerous accomplishments. He may be best remembered as the founder of the U.S. Naval Academy but is worth a look for all the other things he did. Bancroft was also no academic slouch, having graduated from Harvard at 17 to go on and get a doctorate from the seriously-academically-bad-ass University of Göttingen. That place makes your brain hurt just walking on the grounds. When you think of Göttingen, the names Gauss, Goethe, Einstein, Schopenhauer, Born, Teller, Courant, et. al come to mind.
Stephen Salisbury was a local (Worcester) politician and business man who's remembered for being one of the founders of the Worcester Art Museum, pictured below (internet pic).