Batsto Station Fire Tower
US 565, NJ 18

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 565, NJ 18 (view other lookouts in United States, New Jersey)
Date Registered March 15, 2004
Nominated by Bob Spear
Location Wharton State Forest
Burlington County, New Jersey
Coordinates N 39° 38.976' W 074° 38.567' (view using Google Maps)
N 39° 38' 59" W 074° 38' 34"
N 39.649602° W 074.642786°
Elevation 70 ft (21 m)
Built 1924
Administered by New Jersey Forest Fire Service
Cooperators New Jersey Forest Fire Service, Division B


The first lookout in this area was a rooftop observation floor on the Batsto iron makers mansion which may have been used for fire detection as early at the 1840’s. In 1919 a 10’x10’ wooden cab was added at the lookout went into regular service (NHLR US#79, NJ# 3). It was soon recognized that more height was needed, and the 60’ Basto Station Fire Tower went into service in 1924. It was later raised again to a full 100’ feet and is in active service.


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