A new mystery tower


Photo: Will Plunkett

“At the intersection Base Line and Milliken in RC, there’s some construction going up, mainly a strange metal tower-thing,” reports reader Will Plunkett. His next trip past, he shot a photo, lamenting that scaffolding had obscured what he called its “Martian Chronicles-style architecture.”

Other readers have likewise asked about this tower cater-corner from Rancho Cucamonga’s Central Park. Pat Longuevan has asked what the heck it is, while Diane Martin jokes, “I hope it’s not another electronic billboard.”

I can tell you exactly what it is: a cell phone tower that will be disguised as a clocktower. I wrote about it last August.

More fun, though, would be if you took guesses as to what it might be, the sillier or more cynical the better. (Diane Martin, above, had the right spirit.)

Longtime readers may recall a similar guessing game a decade ago in my column regarding the tile-clad cell tower rising across from Montclair Plaza. I dubbed it the Montclair Mystery Tower. Plunkett suggests we open the floor for ideas about the RC Mystery Tower, and I agree.

What do you think it is?

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  • Bonnie MacKay

    Obviously the new mystery tower is a parking structure for Mini Coopers.

    [Obviously. — DA]

  • Ms. Lois

    It’s a giant steel robot encased in a bullet-proof shield that will soon take over Rancho Cucamonga…

    [And yet the authorities do nothing! — DA]

  • http://empoprise-ie.blogspot.com/ John E. Bredehoft

    It’s a death gun to guard us from aliens. Should beings from another planet decide to invade Rancho Cucamonga, the death gun will shoot a mysterious red liquid in the aliens’ direction. The liquid is not harmful to humans (in small doses) but is extremely harmful to aliens. The composition of the red liquid is known only to a particular Upland City Council member, and is housed in a secret facility less than two miles from the death gun.

    [Known under the code name “Filippi Winery.” It all makes sense. — DA]

  • shirley wofford

    It looks like it is going to be one of those boring-looking cell phone towers. The nice-looking, interesting ones are those that are camouflaged, like the tiled-tower one in Montclair. There is one at Alma Hofman park that is a tall, faux pine tree; unless one looks closely, they probably would not realize it is an artificial tree. There are several tree-towers surrounding the parking lot of a particular medical complex in Ontario. I like to spot them, when I go there.

  • Brent

    This should be it:


    Anthem Telecom:


  • Will Plunkett

    Or it’s the first support pillar for a life-sized Donkey Kong game level.

    [I’ve glad we’re getting these responses back on track with some nonsense. — DA]

  • Ronald Scott

    Not sure…but I did see some crazy white-haired dude and a kid with a DeLorean talking about jigowatts or some nonesense.

  • Brent

    Seriously, it’s being made for ET. He really hasn’t been able to phone home yet. (The movie was part fiction.)

    [Now you’re in the spirit of things, Brent. — DA]

  • Bob Terry

    About a month ago I asked Ms. RC herself, Wendy Leung, if it was a pagoda that was going up…which at one point it did resemble. We both wondered what the uproar would be if in fact it was a pagoda…as opposed to a mosque.

  • http://soldbyramiro.com/ Pasadena Homes

    Interesting how the cell phone companies are putting towers everywhere and the way they conceal them. Pasadena has many “palm tree” towers.