Warwick Fire Tower
US 628, MA 39
2013 photo by Tom Ashton

2013 photo by Tom Ashton

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 628, MA 39 (view other lookouts in United States, Massachusetts)
Date Registered December 15, 2004
Nominated by Henry Isenberg
Location Mt. Grace State Forest
Franklin County, Massachusetts
Coordinates N 42° 41.516' W 072° 21.317' (view using Google Maps)
N 42° 41' 31" W 072° 21' 19"
N 42.691940° W 072.355280°
Elevation 1,602 ft (488 m)
Built 1939
Administered by Mass. Bureau of Forest Fire Control
Cooperators Mass. Bureau of Forest Fire Control, District 9

Description

Located on the Mt. Grace State Forest, the first Warwick Fire Tower was a 40’ iron windmill type tower with a ladder and 6’x6’ cab built in 1911. It was replaced in 1920 with a 68’ iron tower that served until blown down by the 1938 hurricane. The present 68’ steel tower with 10’x10’ wooden cab was constructed in 1939.

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Visit Reports

September 30, 2014: Tom Ashton

Condition

Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Comments: Tower in good condition, area around the tower is well maintained by the State of Massachusetts. Stair treads and platforms were replaced two years ago. <br /> <br />The footings for the ORIGINAL tower (blown down in the hurricane of 1938) are visible about 25 feet to the north of the current tower. Some pieces of metal from this structure remain in the area

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? Directions to the summit of Mt. Grace (where the tower sits) are well marked. NHLR sign is posted inside of the cabin due to vandalism concerns.

Staffing

Staffed? Yes
Staffed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

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

March 13, 2016: Jack Kelley

Condition

Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Comments: The tower was in overall great condition. Amazing views.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? There are directions to the summit all over the forest.

Staffing

Staffed? Yes

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

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

July 10, 2016: Jack Kelley

Condition

Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Comments: The structure is sound and continues to be well maintained. I looked for the original tower footings, but I could not locate them aside from two heavily eroded concrete blocks.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No
Comments: There is very little communications equipment on the tower.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? There are directions to the summit (where the tower is located) all over the forest.

Staffing

Staffed? Sometimes
This tower is staffed during periods of fire danger.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

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