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The green hoses visible in one photo are attached to pumps -- it appears the intent is to keep the newly created streambed (passing next to the dam) dry until work is completed, by dumping the water back into Toms Run just below the work area.They are running dump trucks in and out of the area via the lower service road which has very large gravel added in places to support the equipment.Follow the fence lines to the other side of the fallen tree to see a man-made... It is a short column of concrete and stone which doesn't seem to serve a purpose, but I have a theory about what it could be.A 1945 photo shows a very large steel pole rising above the fence where the new fence joins the existing one.I guess there's not much else to say at this point... This fence ran south to north directly to the new guard tower added at that time.I was searching this area for possible post-hole plates at the entrance gates to the Japanese compound similar to the ones at the German entrance.The volunteers I made note of were John Kehrle, Vince Montano, and Art Herrold in addition to myself.
There are a few places that could use some additional brush clearing, but I don't think there is enough to warrant another day.
Tools needed will include loppers, trimmers, saws and chainsaws. For any of you who would like to go up on your own the following areas need attention: Probably best to leave the sad remnants where they are (two still-standing "columns" and rubble on the ground) as a case study in the loss of another little piece of our shared local heritage.
Frankly, I think we probably couldn't have done anything in recent years to save it -- the wall was leaning & bending outward so badly that even touching it might have provoked collapse.
Photos show the Japanese gates were a different design and I found no evidence of plates.
The area has overgrowth and fallen trees, so if there is anything there, it would take clearing work to look further.