Plymouth (Pine Hill) Fire Tower
US 538, MA 5

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 538, MA 5 (view other lookouts in United States, Massachusetts)
Date Registered December 15, 2003
Nominated by Henry Isenberg
Location Town of Plymouth
Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Coordinates N 41° 54.954' W 070° 35.400' (view using Google Maps)
N 41° 54' 57" W 070° 35' 24"
N 41.915900° W 070.590000°
Elevation 375 ft (114 m)
Built 1966
Administered by Mass. Bureau of Forest Fire Control
Cooperators Mass. Bureau of Forest Fire Control, District 2


Plymouth, MA may well be the site of the oldest and longest continuing fire detection activity in America. Over the past 125 years there have been a series of fire towers at five locations within the town. In 1889 the Town of Plymouth operated a 90’ iron fire tower on Billington Hill. When the state took over fire detection in 1911 they built a new tower on Reservoir Hill. In 1939, a replacement 48’ tower was relocated on Telegraph Hill and served until 1942. That year a new tower was constructed on Manomet Hill and served in that location until 1966.

The current 70’ Plymouth Fire Tower features a 10’x10’ wooden cab and was built on Pine Hill in 1966.


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Visit Reports

March 27, 2014: Ed Post


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

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

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