I couldn't remember the details of how it came down;
fortunately, there is a web page with details
During the last week of July 1903, residents around the Shoreham site experienced
what was to be the only testing of Tesla’s equipment at this facility. Several days after
these tests, his dream was destroyed when creditors from Westinghouse confiscated
his heavier equipment for nonpayment for services rendered. In addition, James
Warden sued Tesla for nonpayment of back taxes. In 1917, the 187-foot tower was
destroyed by dynamite explosion as ordered by the U.S. government. It was demolished
the same year by the Smiley Steel Company.
Apparently the Tower was to serve a twofold purpose:
(1.) A Radio Transmitter for long range communications
(2.) A Collector of Ionospheric Electrical Energy to be
converted into AC for distribution into a local system of
I agree with McCanney regarding the disinfo campaign
which claims that Tesla intended to distribute Free Energy
through the air or through the ground to distant locations.
Tesla talked about harnessing the energy of the Sun to
produce Free Electricity which probably is one of the
outcomes of his work at Colorado Springs earlier. Tesla
knew about, and possibly even discovered, the Ionospheric
Capacitor which is charged by the Sun to exceedingly high
levels of electrical energy. He was able to tap into some of
that energy at Colorado Springs with spectacular results.
Whether Tesla's Tower would have worked the way that he
intended remains a mystery. His work was stopped before
he could complete his testing.
“When an honest man realizes that he is mistaken, he will either cease being mistaken or cease being honest.” –Anonymous