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Ona Beach cell tower blends in with its surroundings

Posted: Thursday, Nov 8th, 2012

The “tree” sprouting from property owned by ODOT just south and east of Ona Beach is, in fact, a camouflaged cell tower owned by AT&T Mobility. The 120-foot high steel pole includes several branches and a crown that serve as signal transmitters, which has helped close a frequency gap between Newport and Waldport. There are several companies in the U.S. specializing in “stealth” towers to lessen the visible dominance and allow jurisdictions to justify their placements, especially along the Oregon Coast. An Arizona company built the first mono-tree in 1992. This close-up view shows the realistic-looking branches on the tower near Ona Beach. (Photos by Rick Beasley)

SEAL ROCK – From a distance, the 120-foot-tall “tree” doesn’t look any different than the surrounding firs located just south of Ona Beach State Park and east of Highway 101.

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