AGL Magazine’s Tower of the Month for June features a photo of a beautiful tower owned by Crown Castle International. The tower was built in 1995 and has changed hands several times. I noticed the tower while driving along Highway 395 west of Death Valley National Park, which I went to visit. The site, enclosed in chain link fencing, has a graveled surface. The site looks to be well maintained, free of brush.
A generator made by Detroit Diesel supplies backup power. Communication Buildings of America of Antioch, California, which has been in business since 1980, made the equipment shelter. Bard Manufacturing supplied the air conditioner for the shelter.
A weathered sign for Bishop Cable TV marks a shelter on an adjacent property that may no longer be used as a head end for cable TV. At least, no antennas suitable for receiving either satellite or over-the-air TV signals can be seen on the property. A short tower in the cable TV compound holds two microwave relay antennas.
An adjacent windmill lends a patriotic flair to the site, with its red, white and blue paint. Aviation orange and white paint makes the tower colorful, too, and the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the background completes the color palette for the AGLTower of the Month.