A narrow, one-way dirt road near the mouth of the Klamath River in California's Del Norte County led us to an important World War II site today, perched above the Pacific Ocean.
Disguised as farm buildings, the early warning system housed radar to watch for Japanese submarines and planes.
Radar Station 71 is the last preserved coastal outpost that was part of a string of such defensive sites. Fifty-caliber anti-aircraft guns stood guard. American military watched, ready to summon help from San Francisco if a Japanese attack was imminent.
We couldn't help but imagine what it was like at this outpost more than 70 years ago when our nation's security depended on the people at this place.