Cornell Hill Fire Tower at Wilton
US 734, NY 31

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 734, NY 31 (view other lookouts in United States, New York)
Date Registered May 21, 2008
Nominated by Bill Starr
Location Camp Saratoga
Saratoga County, New York
Coordinates N 43° 09.165' W 073° 42.103' (view using Google Maps)
N 43° 09' 10" W 073° 42' 06"
N 43.152757° W 073.701710°
Elevation 333 ft (102 m)
Built 1924
Administered by Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park

Description

Previously owned by the Luther Forest Corporation and maintained in partnership with the Town of Wilton, Cornell Hill Fire Tower at Wilton was erected by the NY Conservation Commission in 1924. It is a 60’ Aermotor LS-20 tower with 7’x7 metal cab.

In 2011, the tower was relocated to near Camp Saratoga in the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park.

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Photos

Tower before restoration (2003)

Tower before restoration (2003)

Tower re-erected in Wilton, NY Dec. 2010

Tower re-erected in Wilton, NY Dec. 2010

Tower re-erected in Wilton, NY Dec. 2010

Tower re-erected in Wilton, NY Dec. 2010

Tower re-erected in Wilton, NY Dec. 2010

Tower re-erected in Wilton, NY Dec. 2010

Tower re-erected in Wilton, NY Dec. 2010

Tower re-erected in Wilton, NY Dec. 2010

Postcard 1940 (Randy Kneer collection-courtesy Bill Starr)

Postcard 1940 (Randy Kneer collection-courtesy Bill Starr)

1928 photo (courtesy of Laurie Rankin)

1928 photo (courtesy of Laurie Rankin)

1928 photo (courtesy of Laurie Rankin)

1928 photo (courtesy of Laurie Rankin)

Visit Reports

September 16, 2017: Laurie Rankin

Condition

Needs paint? No
Shutters OK? Not Applicable
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Tower is in excellent condition.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? Wheelchair accessible to the base of the fire tower and into the Observers cabin.Well marked.

Staffing

Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
Volunteers do staff the fire tower the second weekend of every month April through October.

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