Pair of 305-pound ‘scenic viewers’ stolen from Western, Mass. overlook

People visiting the Eastern Summit in the Berkshire’s will have to bring binoculars along for the trip if they want to enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery that stretches through the valley.

State police said Wednesday that they’re investigating the theft of two “scenic viewers” that were stationed on a wooden platform at the summit along Route 2, in Florida, Mass.


The pair of coin-operated binoculars, which each weigh roughly 305 pounds, allow spectators to peer miles out into the horizon. They’re made of a sturdy bronze and cast iron.

“These binoculars are considered collectibles, as a relatively low number were manufactured,” police said in a statement posted to Facebook Wednesday.

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According to officials, a preliminary investigation suggests the viewers, located near the summit’s gift shop, were cut away from the platform. Officials believe the viewers, made by Tower Optical, were removed sometime between February 27, and March 7.

The Eastern Summit is considered one of the historic Berkshire overlooks, according to the Western Massachusetts Scenic Byways Marketing Committee.

“The view from the Mohawk Trail’s Eastern Summit extends for 65 miles on a clear day — to the Deerfield River Valley below, the rolling Green Mountains of Vermont, and the majestic peak of Mount Monadnock in southern New Hampshire,” a description on the committee’s website says.


Police are asking anyone with information about the missing binoculars to contact the barracks in Cheshire, at 1-413-743-4700.

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