I just found out that the Great Military Observation Tower of the Presidio is no more. It poked above the eucalyptus, so they had to they had to paint it #17875 White and #12197 Aviation Orange, just like Sutro Tower. But now this sweet tower is gone.
You could see the whole bay area from up there – probably with a similar view that you’d get atop a Golden Gate Bridge tower. And it was accessible – you could just hop the fence (while minding the concertina wire) and then use the internal staircase to get to the platform up top. It was sweet:
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But then then took out the first flight of stairs, so you couldn’t just walk up the thing and then they put up a cell tower right next door and then, not too long ago, they took the observation tower down.
So here’s the situation today. Cell tower on the left, and the site of the observation tower (the now-empty square) on the right:
The above shot via Google Maps is from 9-11-2010. (Google has no hassles photographing the Presidio from above, of course.)
Anyway, here’s how things look from Ashbury Heights – the cell tower is there, but the observation tower, Sutro Tower’s Little Buddy, is all gone: