The Zen of Unsure Things
Quite a mystery. It says USDA Forest Service, so it may be further north than the dam, because the National Forest starts some way into the foothills. But it also says there's a $25,000 fine for disturbing the marker. Are we annoying it with these comments? I haven't got that kind of money.
I don't think your comment will annoy it, Bellis, because you're at a remote distance. And although I don't remember where I was when I took it I vaguely remember asking politely if I might take its picture and it raised no objection.(I must have been near the dam because the other pictures in the batch are from that area.)
I don't know anything about the Arroyo Secco project, but there is a date on the object that should be a help as you ferret out the site. Tim Brick would probably be able to direct you to helpful sources.
What a cool artifact, Petrea. By "disturbing" it, would that include telling it creepy stories? Dare you try it next time you pass?
Probably, Roberta. I'll contact him after I've spent some time speculating and being wrong.If I find it again, Dive, I'll jump out from behind something and freak it out.
Tim Brick has made a timeline of floods in the Arroyo Seco from 1861 (interesting reading). In January 1941, the US Forest Service provided $1,170,000 for fire and flood protection along the Arroyo Seco. The first thing they built was the Brown Mountain dam (open in 1942), and they were also planning to put the river in a channel from Devil's Gate dam to Los Angeles. But I still have no idea where that nervous marker is.
Bad news—I moved it to our back yard. Now there's a helicopter circling the block.
For those who may be unfamiliar, Tim Brick heads up the Arroyo Seco Foundation: http://arroyoseco.org/index.htmJS, we live in Pasadena. There are always helicopters circling the block. Think of them as patrol cars.
Patrol cars in need of a tune up.
Or at least mufflers.
Are those helicopters by chance painted black? I wonder what they do with the $25,000.? Maybe take it to Vegas and put it on the black of a roulette wheel?
You have piqued my interest and I always love a mystery. Thanks for the link to Tim Brick and the Arroyo Secco project.Bises,Genie
There's another one just south of the Colorado Street Bridge, as you're about to cross the footbridge (on the east side). I don't suppose that would interest you, Genie!
Cool! Something even older than me.I hope the marker has calmed down after all these comments.It says only $250. Have you moderns adjusted that for today's value? Surely it couldn't really be 25,000, I hope.
The way things are in California right now--in all of America--$250 is hard to come by. It's enough to keep most people from tampering.
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