Camera Tower near the Groom Lake Road Guard Shack

The original camera tower on the left was set up on a hill 0.2 miles south-east of the Groom Lake Road guard shack between June 2005 and October 2006. The remote controlled camera at the top has a clear view of the hills surrounding the Guard Shack, including the former Area 51 view spot Freedom Ridge. It also covers parts of Groom Lake Road, from a couple of miles outside the perimeter all the way back to Hwy 375. To the other side, the camera also has a clear view of parts of Groom Lake and Area 51.

A second tower was constructed next to the original tower likely in early 2020. In this May 8, 2020 photo it seems to still be under construction. No cameras or antennas have been mounted to it yet. A couple of cable drums on the right indicate that new cables from the nearby guard shack are just being run to the new tower and/or to the equally new utility building. The tower would be in a good location for a communications relay between the Groom Lake base and Tikaboo Valley and/or the Range 61 area.

The camera on top of the original tower is approximately 43ft. above ground, with a tube diameter of 7". The actual camera is mounted inside the outer tube. In earlier photos a red light was mounted to the pole at the top of the tower, 46ft. above ground. It could be seen from Hwy 375 at night. In this photo it seems to have been removed. The object below the light pole on the right is a lightning protector.

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