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Marconi Wireless Station, Wellfleet

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The Marconi–RCA Wireless Receiving Station is a historic district at the junction of Old Comers Rd. and Orleans Rd. in Chatham, Massachusetts. It and its companion transmitter station at Marion were used for WCC, the busiest ship to shore radio station for most of the 20th century, replacing the original WCC site in South Wellfleet. The district includes eight red brick buildings constructed by Marconi in 1914 to house the station's operations; it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994, and is now home to the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center museum.Station historyIn 1914, inventor Guglielmo Marconi sought a more permanent solution to his weather-induced radio station woes on Cape Cod. This need was made manifest by the damage and destruction wrought by nature at his original 1903 South Wellfleet location. The erosion and wind damage suffered by Marconi's first Cape Cod station continues to this day. Almost the entirety of the historic station is now long gone over the cliffs onto the beach and into the waters of the Atlantic below.It was with great foresight that Marconi realized that a permanent (by 1914 commercial) presence would require a more inland and somewhat sheltered location. So it was that his Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America built his new receiver station in Chatham and its companion transmitter site forty miles to the west in Marion, Massachusetts through a contract with J.G. White Engineering Corp.
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  • This is a beautiful place on a beach. Unfortunately, it was close to dark when we got here so the informational boards were hard to read. It is worthy of a return visit.  more »
  • We rode out to the Marconi Station on a windy afternoon and had a nice view of ocean waves below. There is little left of the original station, just some concrete pads where the towers once sat but th...  more »
  • Even though the original station is long gone, just the history involved makes it worth the stop. Great views and the perfect place to walk around.  more »
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  • This place is amazing, the site is very historic, and the views here are to die for!!!
  • Great place to visit and learn about​history of radio communications.
  • The best place for remember Marconi
  • Incredibly historic location for any technology geek. Oh, and it is absolutely gorgeous too!
  • Excellent view. Historic plaques. Nearby trail that exposes some of the National Seashore's woodland beauty. Free parking. Clean bathrooms. No beach access.