Sunderland Fire Tower
US 626, MA 37
2016 photo by Jack Kelley

2016 photo by Jack Kelley

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 626, MA 37 (view other lookouts in United States, Massachusetts)
Date Registered December 15, 2004
Nominated by Henry Isenberg
Location Mt. Toby State Reservation
Franklin County, Massachusetts
Coordinates N 42° 29.450' W 072° 32.284' (view using Google Maps)
N 42° 29' 27" W 072° 32' 17"
N 42.490830° W 072.538060°
Elevation 1,225 ft (373 m)
Built 1951
Administered by Mass. Bureau of Forest Fire Control
Cooperators Mass. Bureau of Forest Fire Control, District 9

Description

The first Sunderland Fire Tower was a 58’ structure built on land of the Amherst Agricultural College (now the University of Massachusetts). It was destroyed by the 1938 hurricane and soon replaced by a 68’ steel tower in 1939. That tower too blew down and the current 68’ steel tower with 10’x10’ wooden cab went into service in 1951.

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Visit Reports

September 14, 2013: T.A.

Condition

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

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? NHLR signage is posted inside the cabin due to vandalism concerns.

Staffing

Staffed? Sometimes
Staffed seasonally.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

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

April 8, 2016: Jack Kelley

Condition

Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Comments: The stairs shake when used and make unsettling groaning noises, though they are not damaged in any obvious way.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Other enroachments? There is a large amount of broadcasting equipment underneath and on the side of the tower.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? There is a trail map on the bottom of the mountain.

Staffing

Staffed? Sometimes
Staffed seasonally.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

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