If you were walking through Redwood National State Park and came across a farmhouse, you may not think anything of it. That’s exactly what the government wants. The powers that be want us to be mindless, oblivious followers, who get jobs and pay taxes! In all seriousness, without getting all Michal Moore on you, the Army used an innocent farmhouse as a secret power and radar station to guard the Pacific coast from enemy attacks.
A lot of people get the impression that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was the only WWII battle on American soil. The only battle actually took place on the island of Attu in the Aleutian Islands. Additionally, Japanese submarines lined the Pacific coast, and targeted an oil refinery near Santa Barbara. After a Japanese submarine-launched plane bombed Oregon forests, the US Army had to take protective actions.
The farmhouse, Radar Station B-71, was built along with 64 other Pacific coast stations. There were stations in Canada all the way down to the Mexican border. Radar Station B-71 was unique because of its impeccable camouflage and it has actually been well-preserved.
As WWII ended, which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, the Army converted it into a sea and rescue radar station. It was operational for a few years, but it got abandoned. It now belongs to the National Park and the farmhouse remains unassuming, aside from the historical marker nearby. Know more.