109, New York 8
Hamilton County, New York
Coordinates: N43.8721 W74.4013
Administrative Unit: NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Cooperators: N.Y. Dept. of Environmental Conservation & New York
Chapter, Forest Fire Lookout Association
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Blue Mountain Fire Tower may be best known and most visited fire tower in the
Adirondacks. The site was used as a station in the land survey of 1870 and a
wooden tower was built there in 1911. The present 35’ Aermotor LS-40 tower with 7’ x
7’ steel cab was constructed by NYSDEC in 1917 and remained active until 1990.
The tower was rehabilitated in 1994 and staffed by volunteers of the Blue
Mountain Fire Tower Committee.
Additional information and photos courtesy of Bill Starr, NHLR State
"The model 1941 Observers’ cabin here is the second cabin of this
style on the mountain. The first, built in 1948 was struck by lightning and
burned to the ground. The tower has been fully restored, but the restoration
group has dissolved. The tower is registered on the National Register of
Historic Places, and the National Historic Lookout Register."
1910s (P. Hartmann collection)
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