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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.


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...

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