Signed Tower Sealed, Delivered Back to Nature

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a concrete bunker tower in the forest
USGS water gauging tower in Eaton Canyon. Photo: Edgar McGregor /

An obsolete United States Geological Survey (USGS) stream gauging tower, a frequent target of graffiti taggers and forest explorers in Eaton Canyon, is now sealed.

According to, the station was once part of a network of facilities throughout the country used to monitor water levels in natural waterways.

Large steel sheets were installed by the USGS in late September to block entrances to the tower, which is slowly returning to nature.

Other disused water-related bunkers installed in the upper canyon within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service remain accessible to hikers.

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Phil Hopkins

Phil is the Associate Publisher of Local News Pasadena. He is a 35-year resident of the city and his favorite local delicacy is the Combo Grinder at Connal's.
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