Aiton Heights Fire Tower
US 548, MN 8

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 548, MN 8 (view other lookouts in United States, Minnesota)
Date Registered February 12, 2004
Nominated by Unknown
Location Itasca State Park
Clearwater County, Minnesota
Coordinates N 47° 11.160' W 095° 11.280' (view using Google Maps)
N 47° 11' 10" W 095° 11' 17"
N 47.186000° W 095.188000°
Elevation 1,662 ft (507 m)
Administered by Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources
Cooperators Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources


The Aiton Heights fire tower has a colorful history. Originally erected by the MN Division of Forestry in the 1920s, it was moved to Itasca State Park in 1937 and assigned dual roles: visitor education and fire detection. The CCC ground house was occupied until 1957, and then later moved to serve a boat launching site. The 80’ Aermotor tower with 7’x7’ metal cab continues in service with David Quam (MN FFLA Director) as the park interpreter.


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