Joe B. Shirley Fire Tower
US 680, AL 3

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 680, AL 3 (view other lookouts in United States, Alabama)
Date Registered October 18, 2006
Nominated by Jane Barr, President, Monte Sano Historical Association
Location Monte Sano State Park
Madison County, Alabama
Coordinates N 34° 43.883' W 086° 30.270' (view using Google Maps)
N 34° 43' 53" W 086° 30' 16"
N 34.731380° W 086.504500°
Elevation 1,598 ft (487 m)
Built 1968
Administered by State of Alabama, Monte Sano State Park
Cooperators Monte Sano Historical Association


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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Historical Marker (Andrew Zerbe photo)

Historical Marker (Andrew Zerbe photo)