Ross Mountain Fire Tower
US 170, ME 8

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 170, ME 8 (view other lookouts in United States, Maine)
Date Registered May 30, 1996
Nominated by Bob Spear, FFLA
Location Somerset County, Maine
Coordinates N 46° 32.786' W 069° 45.779' (view using Google Maps)
N 46° 32' 47" W 069° 45' 47"
N 46.546428° W 069.762977°
Elevation 1,621 ft (494 m)
Built 1914
Administered by Maine Forest Service
Cooperators Maine Forest Service


The metal fire towers with seemingly oversized wooden cabs “perched” on top are unique to Maine and have been around a long time. The guyed 60’ tower with 8’x 8’ cab on Ross Mountain was first erected in 1914 at another location and has been moved twice. It came to its present site in the 1940s. No longer in active use, it is maintained by the Maine Forest Service for emergency detection.


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