Princeton Fire Tower
US 539, MA 6

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 539, MA 6 (view other lookouts in United States, Massachusetts)
Date Registered December 15, 2003
Nominated by Henry Isenberg
Location Wachusett State Reservation
Worcester County, Massachusetts
Coordinates N 42° 29.338' W 071° 53.222' (view using Google Maps)
N 42° 29' 20" W 071° 53' 13"
N 42.488970° W 071.887030°
Elevation 1,977 ft (603 m)
Administered by Mass. Bureau of Forest Fire Control
Cooperators Mass. Bureau of Forest Fire Control, District 8


Back at the turn of the 20th Century mountain hotels were fashionable When the Wauchusett Summit House was built an observation room was placed on the top floor to give guests a commanding view of the countryside. When the State of Massachusetts established a fire watch program in 1911 they staffed the room until the Summit House burned down in 1965. The present 70’ steel Princeton Fire Tower with 10’x10’ cab was built on the site in 1966 and continues in active service. It will be listed on the National Lookout Register until it reaches 50 years of age.


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Visit Reports

March 4, 2012: Robert Young


Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Brand new... not yet open. Visitor's observation deck at about 15' off the ground. Cab will not be accessible to the general public. Scheduled to open later this year. Current tower to be dismantled.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No


Staffed? Yes
Seasonal staffing.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

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