Westborough Fire Tower
US 1017, MA 46
2014 Tom Ashton photo

2014 Tom Ashton photo

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1017, MA 46 (view other lookouts in United States, Massachusetts)
Date Registered September 3, 2014
Nominated by Henry Isenberg
Location Fay Mountain
Worcester County, Massachusetts
Coordinates N 42° 14.383' W 071° 37.666' (view using Google Maps)
N 42° 14' 23" W 071° 37' 40"
N 42.239722° W 071.627770°
Elevation 707 ft (215 m)


Located on top of Fay Mountain, a fire tower has been on this site since 1911 when a 38-foot tower with an 8'-by-8' cab was built. It was replaced in 1915 with a new 68-foot tower sporting a 10'-by-10' cab; the old tower was moved to Chester. This tower was destroyed in the great hurricane of 1938 and replaced by a temporary tower. In 1939, a new 68-foot steel tower was built.

The 1939 tower was eventually replaced when the US Army which built a radar tower on the site. After the radar was discontinued in 1970, Massachusetts built a new cab on top of the three-legged radar tower. Use of this site was discontinued in 1982, at which time the tower was transferred to the city of Westboro and eventually to a private landowner. Today, the fire cab has been replaced by a platform used to mount communication antennas.

This was one of the only two three-legged towers built in Massachusetts.


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Henry Isenberg photo

Henry Isenberg photo

Visit Reports

September 7, 2014: Tom Ashton


Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No Response
Good condition? Yes
Comments: No longer owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this tower is now located on private property accessible by private ROW. Now used as a high ground antenna site.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes

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