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zed
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Post Number: 23
Registered: 04-2008


Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 7:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hi All,

A simple question: Is the tower still standing?

I have recently returned from a Chiniguchi/Sturgeon river trip and I could not see the tower from Dewdney Lake.

I have been to the tower before and I was sure that the tower could be seen from the lake....

Thanks
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brian
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Post Number: 1630
Registered: 02-2004


Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 8:11 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Unless it was knocked down over the winter or spring, it is still standing. And yes, the tower can be seen most easily from the mid to southernish part of the lake.
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ed
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Post Number: 1282
Registered: 03-2004


Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 10:58 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

You can only see it for a short time as you paddle north on Dewdney. There is an area in the lower part of Dewdney between 2 hills where it is clearly visible, then it quickly disappears as you move along.
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zed
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Post Number: 24
Registered: 04-2008


Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 5:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

It is my belief that the tower is no longer standing.
I've checked my records from the previous trip and I do have a picture of the tower from Dewdney Lake. I am 99% sure that from the same vantage point on Dewdney (last week) I could not see the tower (the day was clear and bright).

I don't mean to be a pain but does anyone fly over that area often and could confirm?
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bush_pilot
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Post Number: 240
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Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 7:17 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Pretty sure its still standing, I'll make a point of looking next time I'm fly by.
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bush_pilot
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Post Number: 241
Registered: 03-2004


Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Zed you're right, I flew over today and it's gone.
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brian
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Post Number: 1633
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Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 8:31 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Presumably it is lying on the ground?
When do you think it came down?
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bush_pilot
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Post Number: 242
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Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I couldn't see it on the ground, we were pretty high 3500 ft. I'll take a closer look the next opportunity. I don't know why they would take it down or how? There is no road access.
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red_pine
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Post Number: 1
Registered: 08-2014
Posted on Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 7:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

It was taken out by helicopter last fall.
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brian
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Post Number: 1645
Registered: 02-2004


Posted on Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 10:05 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Why did they take it out? And why the expense? Someone want a tower elsewhere for a tourist attraction?

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