Between June 2005 and October 2006 a new camera tower was set up on a hill 0.2 miles south-east of the Groom Lake Road guard shack. The coordinates are 37°20.645'N / 115°39.425'W. The tower is only visible from a few locations on public land and was not "discovered" until late September 2007.
The remote controlled camera at the top has a clear view of the hills surrounding the Guard Shack including the former Area 51 view spot Freedom Ridge. It also covers parts of Groom Lake Road from a couple of miles outside the perimeter all the way back to Hwy 375. To the other side the camera also has a clear view of parts of Groom Lake and Area 51.
The camera on top of the tower is approximately 43ft. above ground, with a tube diameter of 7". The actual camera is mounted inside the outer tube. In our 2007 photo a red light is mounted to the pole at the top of the tower, 46ft. above ground. It can be seen from parts of Hwy 375 at night. In the 2020 photo the light has been removed. It was replaced in the 2021 photo. The object below the light pole on the right of the original tower is a lightning protector.
A second tower was constructed next to the original tower likely in early 2020. When we discovered and first reported the new tower we speculated that it is in a good location for a communications relay.
The 2021 photo was taken while antennas were being installed on the new tower. A microwave dish is already installed halfway up the tower. Since then another dish has been installed near the upper outlet of the cable conduit and an omni directional microwave antenna was installed at the top, near the red light. The microwave antenna shown in this photo points roughly in the direction of the Mount Irish communications relay site.