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

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycsk View Post
    Assessed value is less than my garage!
    The structure is valued at zero, the assessed value is solely the land value. Buildings have not been assessed for about 10 years, so my assumption would be this tower doesn't even work anymore.



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

    Here is so more info off the property owners website...

    http://www.tower-sites.com/Collins%20Profile.htm



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

    Quote Originally Posted by 19clone91 View Post
    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
    Those towers probably were for "normal communication". The one in the OP looks like a microwave link tower. They carried telephone calls and various other data, including TV network broadcasts. Satellite communications supplanted these.

    As a kid, I would tune in to watch a favorite network show, only to hear that the station was on local programming because a microwave link was down in some neighboring state. Everybody downstream of the broken link was hosed.


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

    I always assumed that was the Rhodes CTU headquarters



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

    There used to be one very similar, but not as tall, in downtown Ames years ago. I'm not sure when it was taken down - early 90s, maybe?


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

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfan964 View Post
    That's crazy. All I know is that if there is a zombie apocalypse I've found my safe haven.
    If my safe haven falls through I'll join you. If you take South Dakota south past thirty there's a solid zombie proof house built into the ground on the east side of the street.



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

    my gramps farmed the land around that place, he said it was a tv tower (60's-80's), dunno a lawyer owned the farmland around the tower. There was also an abandoned farmhouse on that property with sheds too, its southeast of Collins



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

    Quote Originally Posted by wxman1 View Post
    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.
    'cept its made out of concrete rather than steel beams..



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

    This thread has "Urban Exploring" potential.



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

    Quote Originally Posted by A-town Cy View Post
    This thread has "Urban Exploring" potential.
    More "Rural Exploring"



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

    Quote Originally Posted by Transient View Post
    'cept its made out of concrete rather than steel beams..
    Had not seen the pics of it just a description and went off of the location.



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

    I think they are owned by the NSA and and you better walk the straight and narrow.



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

    There used to be a huge steel microwave tower in the middle of downtown Fort Dodge but they removed it last year. It had been inactive for a while now but I guess it is a major insurance liability to leave a tower that large in existence when it isn't being used. Here is a video of them taking it down.



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

    There is a large communication tower Northwest of Ames on Highway 17 that used to be the main communication link between North, South, East, and West for the US. It was literally the main link in communication for the country. Even more amazing is there is a large underground bunker directly under it in case of nuclear attack. It contained essential communications for the US as well as a hospital, barracks, and other facilities. If you look on the Northeast side of the hill underneath it you can see an entrance hidden behind rocks.



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

    Quote Originally Posted by nwiafan View Post
    There is a large communication tower Northwest of Ames on Highway 17 that used to be the main communication link between North, South, East, and West for the US. It was literally the main link in communication for the country. Even more amazing is there is a large underground bunker directly under it in case of nuclear attack. It contained essential communications for the US as well as a hospital, barracks, and other facilities. If you look on the Northeast side of the hill underneath it you can see an entrance hidden behind rocks.
    No kidding?! I have driven past that tower literally hundreds of times and didn't realize it was that significant. I'm definitely going to check out that entrance the next time I drive past it. Thanks for sharing! How did you find all of this stuff out about it?


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