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113-year-old tower in Death Valley National Park felled by traveler trying to get vehicle out of mud

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A historic wooden tower was inadvertently felled by a traveler who used it to winch a vehicle stuck in mud in California’s Death Valley National Park, federal officials said.


The traveler recently came forward but will not be identified, the National Park Service said in a statement Thursday. It isn’t clear if any action against them will be taken.


Concrete footings for the 113-year-old tower were released from their bonds with the desert floor in Saline Valley, about 150 miles west of Las Vegas, on April 19, the park service said.


Saline Valley Salt Tram tower No. 1 hit the ground, mostly intact, a photo from the park service shows.