Holmdel, New Jersey: World's Largest Transistor

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101 Crawfords Corner Rd, Holmdel, NJ
Garden State Pkwy exit 114. Drive west on Red Hill Rd. Just before stoplight take ramp right onto Crawfords Corner Rd. About a half-mile on left. Private Property. Visible from road.
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World's Largest Transistor

Old Bell Labs water tower shaped like the world's first production transistor, a revolutionary technology invented in 1947. In front of Eero Saarinen-designed glass sarcophagus.

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Transistor water tower.

World's Largest Transistor

Picturesque lawns and interesting, other-worldly feel to the tower. There's a nearby little roadside sign about the discovery of radio astronomy at the site.

[Janet, 05/04/2017]

Zooming past the World's Largest Transistor.

World's Largest Transistor - Vague Recollections

I worked at Bell Labs in Holmdel in 1965-66 before being moved to the new Indian Hill facility in Naperville, IL. Another interesting tidbit about the Holmdel grounds is the long drive from the circumference road to where it curved to meet Crawford Corner road. There was a 100 Club at Holmdel -- very unofficial. To join it, you had to start at the circumference road and reach 100 mph, then slow down enough that you didn't roll over as the road curved to meet Crawford Corner Road. I wasn't a member in my straight 6 1960 Ford, but there were Vettes and Goats (GTOs) that were.

[Bill Garraty, 04/09/2007]

That straight stretch of private road towards the Transistor Water Tower can be mesmerizing. The inbound lane of that same road was used by Bell Labs in the late 1980s (or early 1990s?) to trial electronic toll collection technology by clocking employees arriving for work. The days of the 100 Club were over!

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