Lakehurst Hangar Forest Fire Lookout
US 571, NJ 24

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 571, NJ 24 (view other lookouts in United States, New Jersey)
Date Registered March 15, 2004
Nominated by Bob Spear
Location Ocean County, New Jersey
Coordinates N 40° 01.709' W 074° 18.912' (view using Google Maps)
N 40° 01' 43" W 074° 18' 55"
N 40.028483° W 074.315200°
Elevation 89 ft (27 m)
Built 1922
Administered by U.S. Navy
Cooperators New Jersey Chapter, Forest Fire Lookout Association


The Lakehurst Forest Fire Observatory is certainly historic, but is not one the public is likely to visit because it is a military classified area. A memo dated May 31, 1922 refers to a contract to have a phone installed at the fire lookout station on the Aerodrome at Lakehurst Naval Air Station. The observer would have witnessed the explosion of the Zeppelin Von Hindenburg in 1937. The lookout operated until after World War II when military security restrictions led to construction of other lookouts in the region. The 7’x7’ standard metal cab on a 6’ tower atop the roof of the 95’ hangar remains in place.


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