125-Foot Cell Tower Planned
for Village of Rhododendron
A 125-foot cell tower is proposed for the Village
of Rhododendron by AT&T. The site that has been selected is on the east side
of the Mt. Hood Food Store, just in front of the Cascade Geographic Society's
All over the country, cell towers are blighting the
landscape. They are considered one of the worst "eyesores" of
urbanization, changing the character of neighborhoods, small towns, and even
large cities. The impacts are even worse to rural areas.
Due to the nature of this
proposed structure, its presence will cause a major impact to the historic
character of the Village of Rhododendron. AT&T does not plan to camouflage
the cell tower, which will be visible from East Highway 26, a state scenic
highway, as well as from Cascade Geographic Society's land, which is located
directly behind the 125-foot tower.
As proposed, the Cascade Geographic
Society cannot support AT&T's 125-foot cell tower. No entity will gain from
this project except Mt. Hood Food Store, who will lease the land to them for
$1,500 a month for the next thirty years, and AT&T. The Village of
Rhododendron and its residents and visitors, not to mention the Cascade
Geographic Society, will be the big losers.
Society needs assistance in fighting AT&T's proposed 125-foot cell
tower. This is a replay of "David and Goliath", and we can use help.
If you would like to volunteer by writing letters, passing out petitions, doing
research on the internet, etc., please get in touch with us at (503) 622-4798 or
write us at: P.O. Box 398, Rhododendron, Oregon 97049.