Wharton Tower (East Lake Tower)
US 870, AL 49

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 870, AL 49 (view other lookouts in United States, Alabama)
Date Registered January 18, 2010
Nominated by Thomas Kaufmann
Location Birmingham
Jefferson County, Alabama
Coordinates N 33° 33.661' W 086° 42.178' (view using Google Maps)
N 33° 33' 40" W 086° 42' 11"
N 33.561010° W 086.702960°
Elevation 1,216 ft (371 m)
Built 1941
Administered by City of Birmingham and Birmingham Board of Education
Cooperators City of Birmingham, Birmingham Board of Education, Alabama Forestry Commission, and Ruffner Mountain Nature Center


Also known as East Lake Tower, Wharton Lookout Tower is the only lookout in Alabama with a rooftop observation platform. This was an option forAermotor 7'x7' cabs, and is found in some mid-Atlantic states, but very unusual in the south. It is on this tower because the FM once had an aircraft beacon on the roof. Located in the City of Birmingham's Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, this is a 100' MC-39 Aermotor built by the CCC in 1941.


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