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San Francisco WWII gun battery restored

A WWII-era gun battery that once guarded San Francisco Bay has been restored.

The Army built Battery Townsley into a Marin County hillside more than 70 years ago to house weapons that could lob 2-ton shells 25 miles. The series of underground tunnels and concrete gun emplacements became an underground party spot for teenagers and fell into disrepair after the Army left Marin in the 1980s.

Mia Monroe, a National Park Service ranger with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the crumbling structure had become infested with rodents and covered with graffiti.

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Story: AP | Photo: Lea Suzuki / San Francisco Chronicle via AP

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