Popular Mechanics: Skyride Tower Felled by Melting Steel Legs (1935) - Thermite


Taken from Popular Mechanics - Nov 1935 - Page 657

Skyride Tower Felled by Melting Steel Legs

Intense heat was employed by wrecking engineers in toppling the 3,000,000-pound east tower of the “Skyride,” a major attraction of Chicago's Century of Progress. Huge “overshoes” in the form of cupolas made of steel and lined with firebrick were constructed around two legs of the tower and filled with 1,500 pounds of thermite, a mixture of aluminum and iron oxide. When fired by electricity the thermite generated a temperature of more than 5,000 degrees about the two legs, melting the ten-foot sections almost instantly, causing the tower to tip and then to crash. A microphone attached to the tip of the tower broadcast the noise of the fall by radio, and the spectacle was viewed by a crowd estimated at more than 100,000. The west tower had been wrecked several weeks earlier with dynamite. The 628-foot twin towers, the cables which supported the cars passing between them and the elevators cost more than $1,750,000 to erect.


I'll bet some 1935 Chicago newspapers covered this event as well.

BTW, I can't take credit for this. "Questionman" posted this information in the comments section of the "Conspiracy Theories And The Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks" NPR page.

Questionman Today 12:08 PM
They claim that thermite can not be and has not been used for demolition. POPULAR MECHANICS November 1935 reports on the use of thermite to bring down a 600 foot tower in Chicago.


needle in a haystack

This is interesting

Where's all the dust

There should be dust everywhere. Where's the dust?

the steel tower

was not gypsum and concrete


for another reason: In the BBC/ZDF coproduction "The Third Tower" Mark Loizeaux, one of the world top demolition experts, said that he never heard of using thermite for demolition purposes.

I have the german script:
„Thermite habe ich mal gesehen. In der Schule. Das war sehr beeindruckend. Aber ich habe nie gehört, dass man einen Stoff zum Schmelzen von Stahl für Abrisszwecke einsetzt. Ich kann mir nicht vorstellen, wie man damit alle Säulen gleichzeitig durchtrennen kann.“ Mark Loizeaux

My re-translation:

"Thermite I once saw. In the school. That was very impressive. But I've never heard that one uses a substance to melt steel for demolition purposes. I can not imagine how to cut through all columns simultaneously."

and it doesn't stop there:

"located near what became "Meigs Field"
named after:
Merrill C. Meigs
who was a friend of William Randolph Hearst and Henry Ford.
Popular Mechanics is an American magazine first published January 11, 1902 by H. H. Windsor, and has been owned since 1958 by the Hearst Corporation.
Popular Mechanics is a subsidiary of the Hearst Corporation, which also has an ownership stake in the History Channel.
Remember, the one who couldn't cut with thermit through steel.

Ah, all this conspiracy way of thinking...

So,now we can factually claim

So,now we can factually claim that Popular Mechanics has confirmed that the twin towers were brought down with thermite & dynamite.

Yes but

Not exactly controlled demolition and took 6000 pounds to remove 2 columns. The sheer size of the devices they had to use shows clearly that any CD argument about the WTC towers is false on its face.


I was beginning to feel left out on 911Blogger. Finally some shills & trolls! Let the 1oth anniversary begin!

(Of course anybody who comes to this site other than the above mentioned pieces of crap has no real chance of being convinced of the official story so they are wasting their time here)