Jackie Jones Lookout
US 213, NY 16

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 213, NY 16 (view other lookouts in United States, New York)
Date Registered April 28, 1997
Nominated by Lawrence G. Paul
Location Harriman State Park
Rockland County, New York
Coordinates N 41° 13.405' W 074° 04.303' (view using Google Maps)
N 41° 13' 24" W 074° 04' 18"
N 41.223420° W 074.071718°
Elevation 1,260 ft (384 m)
Administered by Palisades Interstate Park Commission
Cooperators Palisades Interstate Park Commission & the Forest Fire Lookout Association

Description

The last steel fire tower in the Bear Mountain-Harriman State Park, Jackie Jones Lookout was constructed in 1928 by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, who operated the facility until 1931. From that time the facility was operated by Forest Fire Control until it closed in the 1970s. The 60’ Aermotor LS-40 tower with 7’x7’ metal cab features windows of an unusual design.

Map

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Photos

2002 (Paul Laskey photo-courtesy Bill Starr)

2002 (Paul Laskey photo-courtesy Bill Starr)

August 16, 2013 by David Rocco

August 16, 2013 by David Rocco

August 16, 2013 by David Rocco

August 16, 2013 by David Rocco

Visit Reports

January 21, 2018: Laurie Rankin

Condition

Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Not Applicable
Condition of wood OK? No
Stairs OK? No
Glass intact? No
Good condition? No
Comments: This fire tower is in a poor state of repair. The cab floor and windows need to be replaced. All lumber on steps and landings need to be replaced. Roof needs repair. Tower needs to be painted. Due to the poor condition, the bottom set of stairs has been removed and the fire tower is closed. Beginning in the summer of 2016, discussions have been underway with Palisades Interstate Park Commission which governs Harriman State Park, the location of the Jackie Jones fire tower about repairs/restoration of same. Engineers, park staff, FFLA and volunteers have done site visits and plans have been developed for repairs. Work is expected to begin in April 2018.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No
Comments: Of note is that there were encroachments on and under this tower, but following the installation of a nearby communications tower, all have been removed.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? No signage at this time.

Staffing

Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
See notes above on condition. The long range goal once repairs are made is to have the tower available for fire spotting purposes, visitors to climb and for a volunteer presence for education and historical interpretation. Currently the fire tower is closed.

Photos

May 1, 2007: Bob Spear

Condition

Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Some repairs needed top some steps but otherwise in good shape

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Other enroachments? Large former AT & T Antenna & building nearby

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? Because of high vandalism possibilities, tower site is not advertised promenently

Staffing

Staffed? Sometimes
A Ranger sometimes is posted at the tower during Extreme fire weather and as manpower permits

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
Contact the Ranger office for more information