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    Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?

    I was taking some back roads back to Ames, for the fun of it the other day, from the Harvester and happened across this tower in the middle of nowhere that has to be over 120' tall. I'm guessing it is a weather station or something, but am curious if anyone knows. I've done some searching to no avail. It's so weird, just in the middle of a section. Here's its location on google maps:

    https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8800.../data=!3m1!1e3

    And here's a crappy photo I took with my phone:



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    Re: Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?

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    Re: Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?

    When I clicked on "What's Here?" it said ATT Long Lines tower.

    http://www.drgibson.com/towers/



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    Re: Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?

    Quote Originally Posted by azepp View Post
    When I clicked on "What's Here?" it said ATT Long Lines tower.

    http://www.drgibson.com/towers/
    That would make sense I guess. Thing is massive.


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    Re: Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?

    It's an old antenna tower from thew 1950s/1960s. There is another one (the exact same style) along the road to HOliday Lake from Chelsea https://goo.gl/maps/UtXsm


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    Re: Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?

    An old stage prop from the movie Contact?



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    Re: Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?

    The Black Tower. Can't you see the Eye of Sauron peering out?



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    Re: Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?

    Quote Originally Posted by mtowncyclone13 View Post
    It's an old antenna tower from thew 1950s/1960s. There is another one (the exact same style) along the road to HOliday Lake from Chelsea https://goo.gl/maps/UtXsm
    That's crazy. All I know is that if there is a zombie apocalypse I've found my safe haven.


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    Re: Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?

    Looked it up on my aviation chart. I think the tower you are referring to is 230 feet high which is really not all that big especially compared to other tower and windmills in the area.



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    Re: Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?

    There is another identical one east of Homestead (Amana) on Highway 6.


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    Re: Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?

    Those microwave towers are all over...There's also one of the concrete towers between West Branch and Highway 1, and there's one visible from highway 20 at Farley, although this one has a steel truss tower:



    (Cell phone tower on the left was added in the last 20 years, the microwave tower has been there since at least the early 80s)



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    Re: Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfan964 View Post
    I was taking some back roads back to Ames, for the fun of it the other day, from the Harvester and happened across this tower in the middle of nowhere that has to be over 120' tall. I'm guessing it is a weather station or something, but am curious if anyone knows. I've done some searching to no avail. It's so weird, just in the middle of a section. Here's its location on google maps:

    https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8800.../data=!3m1!1e3

    And here's a crappy photo I took with my phone:

    http://beacon.schneidercorp.com/Appl...lue=1625400310



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    Re: Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?


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    Re: Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?

    I think those towers had something to do with the ability to communicate during the Cold War if normal communication went down during a nuclear strike



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    Re: Anyone know what the huge tower is off of HWY 330?

    If you are a techy or into the history of electronics, the AT&T Long Lines stuff is fascinating.

    In addition to the using the microwave links for transmitting information (shown in the OP), AT&T ran some monster coaxial cables across the country. The picture on the right is a splice.

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    http://long-lines.net/


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