Mount Nimham Fire Tower
US 314, NY 21

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 314, NY 21 (view other lookouts in United States, New York)
Date Registered October 21, 1999
Nominated by Melanie Pien
Location Taconic Hills
Putnam County, New York
Coordinates N 41° 27.666' W 073° 43.496' (view using Google Maps)
N 41° 27' 40" W 073° 43' 30"
N 41.461100° W 073.724939°
Elevation 1,340 ft (408 m)
Administered by New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Cooperators Town of Kent & New York Dept. of Environ. Conservation


Located in the Taconic Hills north of New York City in Putnam County, Mount Ninham Fire Tower was built by the State of New York and the CCC in 1940. The 82'6" International Derrick Model 1937 tower LS-40 with 7' x 7' metal cab is located on state forestland. Although not used for fire detection in many years, it is maintained as a radio repeater site. Vandals burned the observer's cabin in 1994. Restoration of the tower was undertaken by the Town of Kent Conservation Advisory Commission.


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Dick Eckler photo-courtesy Bill Starr

Dick Eckler photo-courtesy Bill Starr

Visit Reports

July 23, 2017: Laurie Rankin


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Not Applicable
Condition of wood OK? No
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Fire Tower had recently been painted, but wooden landing boards do need a coat of paint. Stair treads are metal and well painted. No window glass in place. No roof in place. Some graffiti needs to be painted over.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
The Town of Kent owns the fire tower and volunteers help with maintenance and upkeep. The tower is fairly accessible and gets a large number of visitors. A volunteer presence would be a great opportunity to educate the hiking public on the history of fire towers, the local area and land use regulations.