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Mount Adams Fire Tower

US 549, New York 25

Town of Newcomb
Essex County, New York

Elevation:  3520'
Coordinates:  N44 5.221 W74 1.539
Administrative Unit:  Open Space Institute of New York
Cooperators:  Open Space Institute of New York

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Located just south of the famed high peaks areas of the Adirondack Forest Preserve, Mount Adams fire tower has become the center of a public debate over the question whether fire lookouts are compatible with wilderness designation. The first tower here was a wooden structure built in 1912 at the request of the Tahawus Club. In 1917 the state erected the present 47 Aermotor LS-40 tower with 7x7 metal cab and staffed it until the mid 1970s. The ground house was constructed in 1922 with improvements made in 1950, Inactive for a number of years, the site had been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places as well.

Historic photos courtesy of Bill Starr, NHLR State Registrar:

1917-Steel tower being built (NYS-DEC photo) 1917-New steel & wood towers (NYS-DEC photo)
1964 (Larry Paul photo) 1977 (Bob Eckler photo)

                                                        

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