The west coast hill: Mt. Tam

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In 1950, half a million cubic yards of Mt. Tam’s tallest peak was bulldozed away. Today, a parking lot of upside down concrete mushrooms covers the West Peak.

Scene from “The Invisible Peak” by Gary Yost

The Invisible Peak

Director: Gary Yost



In 1950, the military bulldozed the highest peak of the mountain to build an Air Force Station tasked with directing jet interceptors and short range Nike nuclear missiles against the potential threat of Russian nuclear bombers. By 1980 the base was obsolete and summarily closed.
A lot of Miwoks won’t go to the top of the mountain out of respect.