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Radar Station B-71, Klamath

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The B-71 radar station also known as Klamath River Radar Station, Crescent City Radar Station, Trinidad Radar Station was an Army Air Force early warning station in World War II. It is a rare survivor of a World War II early-warning radar station. It was constructed as a disguise to look like a farmhouse. To guard against potential invasions, the U.S. Army built "farm" buildings; the cinderblock structures, complete with shingled roofs, and fake windows and dormers, housed an early-warning radar station. From the air, the sea, and even the road, these buildings appeared to be part of a working farm. In fact, they housed a diesel generator, electronic equipment, and two 50-caliber anti-aircraft guns. This is one of 65 that were built all along the western coast of America during World War II. It is located on Coastal Dr. just south of the mouth of Klamath River.

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  • This is on Coastal Drive, a one-way road that becomes gravel for a short time. The road is known to have scenic ocean views, but when we drove along it, the High Bluffs Overlook was closed due to the....  more »
  • A short downhill hike to building used as a radar station in WWII. Camoflaged to look like farm building they kept a lookout. Doesn't take long to see, worth the stop if you interested in history.  more »
  • An interesting part of our history. Located below the road but easy to get to.
  • It was an eerie day as we made our way up the coast and a wonderful volunteer a Redwood State Park told us about these WWII radar stations. Other than a plaque at the top of the hill however, there is much info there. Would be great if they had pictures on the outer walls of the buildings showing what it used to look like inside with the operators on their headsets.
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