Hunter Mountain Lookout
US 131, NY 14

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 131, NY 14 (view other lookouts in United States, New York)
Date Registered July 15, 1995
Nominated by Lawrence G. Paul, FFLA
Location Catskill State Forest Preserve
Greene County, New York
Coordinates N 42° 10.644' W 074° 13.836' (view using Google Maps)
N 42° 10' 39" W 074° 13' 50"
N 42.177400° W 074.230600°
Elevation 4,040 ft (1,231 m)
Administered by NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Cooperators N.Y. Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Region 4 and the Forest Fire Lookout Association

Description

Hunter Mountain has been a landmark in the Catskill Mountains of New York since the region was settled in the late 1700s. This station is one of the first facilities operated by Forest Fire Control. Established in 1909 with a tower made of timbers found at the mountain top the station was established at the 4, 000 foot elevation of the mountain, 40 feet shy of the true summit. In 1917 the present 60' steel Aermotor LS-40 tower was erected next to the wood tower site, and it remained at the 4,000 foot elevation until in 1950 the tower was dismantled and re-erected at the current location on the summit of 4,040 feet. The tower has been fully restored and is open to the public. The facility is also registered on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Photos

Wood Tower 1909 (NYS-DEC photo-courtesy Bill Starr)

Wood Tower 1909 (NYS-DEC photo-courtesy Bill Starr)

Tower & Cabin 2/27/05 (Warren Johnsen photo-courtesy Bill Starr)

Tower & Cabin 2/27/05 (Warren Johnsen photo-courtesy Bill Starr)

Flyover 1978 (NYS-DEC photo-courtesy Bill Starr)

Flyover 1978 (NYS-DEC photo-courtesy Bill Starr)