Kennedy Hill Fire Tower
US 859, AL 37

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 859, AL 37 (view other lookouts in United States, Alabama)
Date Registered January 7, 2009
Nominated by Thomas Kaufmann
Location Barbour County, Alabama
Coordinates N 31° 56.516' W 085° 27.079' (view using Google Maps)
N 31° 56' 31" W 085° 27' 05"
N 31.941930° W 085.451320°
Elevation 680 ft (207 m)
Built 1941
Administered by Private Owner (was Alabama Forestry Commission)


In 1940, the Barbour County Board of Revenue requested the AFC to establish better fire tower coverage. In response, the AFC built this 100' Aermotor MC-39 steel tower with 7'x7' cab in 1941. By 1944, four fire towers were operating the county, completing the planned system.

The tower was sold by the state in a surplus auction around early 2020.


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Visit Reports

May 1, 2019: Andrew Zerbe


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No
Condition of wood OK? No
Stairs OK? No
Glass intact? No
Good condition? No
Comments: Usual vandalized tower.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Comments: Power line right of way goes by tower.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? Tower can not be accessed by Kennedy Tower Road, gate in front of last house on road. Park at base of hill and climb right of way to tower.


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Unsure


May 2019 photo

May 2019 photo - courtesy of Andrew Zerbe