|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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