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Monolith in California, similar to structure found in Utah, removed, replaced with cross

USA TODAY - It’s unclear who placed the monolith on a hiking trail in Atascadero, KEYT-TV and The Atascadero News reported Wednesday. The tall, silver structure drew some hikers to the area after photos were posted on social media.

Connor Allen, news correspondent for the Paso Robles Press and Atascadero News, shared photos of the structure, adding it was located "at the top of Pine Mountain in Atascadero!!"

The Atascadero News also reported that unlike the Utah monolith, the "Atascadero obelisk was not attached to the ground, and could be knocked over with a firm push."

And, like other monoliths before it, the California structure vanished as strangely as it appeared. According to a press release from the city of Atascadero, the 10-foot-tall monolith, which weighed an estimated 200 pounds, disappeared early Thursday morning. Video on social media shows a group of men removing the monolith and replacing it with a plywood cross, the release adds.

"We are upset that these young men felt the need to drive 5 hours to come into our community and vandalize the Monolith," Atascadero Mayor Heather Moreno said in ... READ MORE

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