Open Pond Lookout
US 97, AL 1

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 97, AL 1 (view other lookouts in United States, Alabama)
Date Registered December 30, 1994
Nominated by John Yancy, Forest Supervisor, National Forest in Alabama
Location Conecuh National Forest
Covington County, Alabama
Coordinates N 31° 05.840' W 086° 33.333' (view using Google Maps)
N 31° 05' 50" W 086° 33' 20"
N 31.097330° W 086.555548°
Elevation 325 ft (99 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Conecuh National Forest

Description

The presence of history is evident at the Open Pond Lookout Tower located on the Conecuh National Forest just north of the Florida-Alabama state line. Built in 1938-39 by Company 3474 of the CCC, the 100’ structure was manufactured by Jones & Laughlin Steel. This tower, and the Parker Springs Lookout -- also on the Conecuh -- are the only two towers in the state with 12’ x 12’ wooden cabs and catwalks. The other 13 towers still remaining on the national forests in Alabama all have 7’ x 7’ steel cabs.

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Visit Reports

October 23, 2007: Al Pelham

Condition

Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? No Response
Stairs OK? No Response
Glass intact? No Response
Comments: Recent (last 6 months) roof, repaint. It looks good. I think they worked on the fire finder and other interior clean up/fix up.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? No

Staffing

Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No Response

January 6, 2009: Maria L. Schleidt

Condition

Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Comments: This tower was rehabiliated during the fall and winter of 2006. The roof shingles were replaced as well as the wooden steps and catwalk. The windows and door were replaced with replicas and interior and exterior were repainted. The fire finder was repaired and cleaned by March 2007. Last visited January 2, 2009.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Other enroachments? State antennae

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? USFS tower sign at entrance to tower. NHRL sign at base of tower.

Staffing

Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No Response
Contact the Ranger at the Conecuh National Forest for further info on staffing.

July 24, 2015: Al Pelham

Condition

Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No Response

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? NHLR sign is missing.

Staffing

Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No Response