The grand eagles are masked in mystery. Nobody knows exactly how many eagles were created and no one can say who the sculptor was or where exactly they were created. Each of the massive eagles has a wingspan of fourteen feet and weigh in at more then 3,000 pounds.

The eagles owe their fame to the David McLane, a newspaper photographer for the New York Times who joined their ranks in 1950. One of his noted features was a weekly pictorial entitled "New York's Changing Scene" wherein he contrasted the old and the new in the landscape and buildings of New York City.

In 1965 he photographed a cast iron eagle at the Philipse Manor - North Tarryington Station of the New York Central Railroad. Once he learned that the eagle came from the famed Grand Central Station his curiosity was peaked. He was so interested in finding more about the eagles that in October 31, 1965 edition of the New York Times he asked the readers to send him any information they could about the eagles and their remaining locations.

He was definitely not disappointed. Through the readers responses McLane learn the locations of nine other eagles from the station. Oddly enough, ten eagles were still within a 50-mile radius of New York City.

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