JOE B. SHIRLEY
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Joe B. Shirley Fire Tower

US 680, Alabama 3

Monte Sano State Park
Madison County, Alabama

Elevation:  1598'
Coordinates:   N34 43 52.95 W86 30 16.21
Administrative Unit:  State of Alabama, Monte Sano State Park
Cooperators:  Monte Sano Historical Association

Date Registered:  10/18/2006

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The 100' Joe B. Shirley Fire Tower is an Aermotor model with 7'x7' metal cab constructed in 1968 by the Alabama Forestry Commission. It replaced an earlier wooden tower dating to the 1940s. Located in Monte Sano State Park, the lookout was used in the 1950s by NASA to track and record telemetry from Sputnik 1 and Explorer 1 satellites.

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