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Shasta Totem: 1942

Shasta Totem: 1942

June 1942. Cable tower from which buckets carry materials used in the construction of Shasta Dam, California. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee.

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Here's the tower in 2008

Like AT said. More pictures at
Link was OK on 27 August 2012.

It still exists

In the 1970's or 1980's Shasta lake receded to an all time low and the remnants of this structure surfaced. When the construction of the dam was complete they had cut this off at such a low point that it was thought it would never be visible again. It has surfaced twice now.

looks insane

I kind of can't believe that this thing is real, it looks like a "in the future..." drawing come to life.

cable tower

I think this is to bring concrete cement...

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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