US 988, NY 33

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 988, NY 33 (view other lookouts in United States, New York)
Date Registered March 14, 2014
Nominated by Barry Knight
Location New York
Coordinates Coordinates are unlisted at owner's request
Built 1940
Administered by Barry Knight


As a young boy growing up in the southern Catskills, Barry Knight enjoyed running up the trail to the Overlook Mountain Fire Tower and meeting with the Observer. Decades later he learned that five towers were being restored in the southern Catskills and volunteered to help on the Overlook Tower.

After his first season, all interpreter and staff held a party near the tower during where he overheard someone mention that there were a number of fire towers upstate which were abandoned. Knight said to himself, “I must have one of those towers, and bring it to my property.” He mentioned this to their leader, Dick Veloshen, who contacted Mary Podskoch, a local author and FFLA member who is an authority on fire towers in New York.

Shortly, Knight was informed that a Mr. Al Moulin saved the Petersburg fire tower from going to scrap by arranging to have the tower trucked over to his property in Esperance, NY in 1999. Knight met with Mr. Moulin in 2002 and took possession of the over 300 pieces of steel, along with all the nuts, bolts, and washers and treads (steps). Knight then retrieved all the steel (out of the mud and grass) which had been sitting there for three years. All was loaded and trucked to their new home location in West Hurley, NY.

Knight then prepared each piece using a wire brush, wiping with mineral spirits, applying a metal etching primer, and finishing with a coat of aluminum weather proofing paint. Knight then transported all finished parts uphill by hand, wheelbarrow or four wheel garden cart to the tower site. Knight needed help with the very heavy stair stringers. Thirty Four 80 pound bags of cement were needed for the four piers. They were poured in September of 2004 and after all four cured, Knight built his dream, the Knightower, piece by piece.

In July 2006, Knight completed his opus, opening it to “share with all who dare.” The tower is 43 feet to the top railing and is situated on the Ashokan Ridge which parallels the eastern basin of the Ashokan Reservoir and offers and outstanding view of the reservoir and southern Catskill Mountains.

To visit, please contact (845) 331-1214.


Knightower in original location at Petersburg Mountain

Knightower in original location at Petersburg Mountain

Visit Reports

November 1, 2016: Laurie Rankin


Needs paint? No
Shutters OK? Not Applicable
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Not Applicable
Good condition? Yes
Comments: The recycled Petersburg tower, now known as the Knightower graciously hosted a group of Balsam Lake Mountain fire tower volunteers 11-1-16. The fire tower is privately owned and is very well taken care. There is an observation deck on top rather than a cab. The stairs and landings are metal and in great repair.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? This privately owned tower requires owner permission to climb so there is no public signage.


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
The owner is happy to show visitors the fire tower with permission.