Chester Fire Tower
US 445, MA 3

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 445, MA 3 (view other lookouts in United States, Massachusetts)
Date Registered October 7, 2002
Nominated by John Matroni, Site Manager
Location Town of Chester
Hampden County, Massachusetts
Coordinates N 42° 19.472' W 072° 57.440' (view using Google Maps)
N 42° 19' 28" W 072° 57' 26"
N 42.324530° W 072.957330°
Elevation 1,719 ft (524 m)
Administered by Mass. Bureau of Forest Fire Control
Cooperators Mass. Bureau of Forest Fire Control, District 11


Built by the CCC in 1934 for the Massachusetts Bureau of Fire Control, Chester Fire Tower is located on Holcomb Hill in Hampden County. The site was first used as a temporary lookout station in 1915. A one acre tract was purchased in 1918 and a 40’ wood tower erected. It was replaced 26 years later with the current 60’ steel tower. A larger 10’x10’ aluminum cab (the Mass. Standard cab) was installed in 1965.


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Visit Reports

May 7, 2016: Jack Kelley


Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: The tower now has a large fence, locked, around it. Despite this, the tower looks great from the outside.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Comments: There is a communication facility around the base of the tower.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? The tower is located off of an unmarked road and is not in any state park.


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

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