Owls Head Fire Tower
US 670, NY 29

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 670, NY 29 (view other lookouts in United States, New York)
Date Registered July 27, 2006
Nominated by Bill Starr
Location Adirondack Forest Preserve
Hamilton County, New York
Coordinates N 43° 57.263' W 074° 29.933' (view using Google Maps)
N 43° 57' 16" W 074° 29' 56"
N 43.954380° W 074.498880°
Elevation 2,717 ft (828 m)
Built 1919
Administered by NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Cooperators NY Dept. of Environ. Conservation & Friends of Owls Head Fire Tower

Description

The first Owls Head Fire Tower in the Adirondack Forest Preserve was a wooden structure with open platform erected and staffed in 1911 in response to a disastrous series of forest fires. The current 35’ Aermotor LS-40 tower with 7’x7’ metal cab was constructed by the NYS-DEC in 1919 and staffed until 1970. The observers cabin was burned in 1979. In 2003 the DEC and Friends of Owl Head Fire Tower restored the lookout and it is again open for hikers.

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Owls Head Mtn. tower 7-22-73 by Bob Eckler

Owls Head Mtn. tower 7-22-73 by Bob Eckler

Owls Head Mtn. tower 7-22-73 by Bob Eckler

Owls Head Mtn. tower 7-22-73 by Bob Eckler

Owls Head Mtn. tower 7-22-73 by Bob Eckler

Owls Head Mtn. tower 7-22-73 by Bob Eckler

Owls Head Mtn. tower 7-22-73 by Bob Eckler

Owls Head Mtn. tower 7-22-73 by Bob Eckler

c1930 Parker Family collection

c1930 Parker Family collection

1930 observer Laurence Parker near the tower

1930 observer Laurence Parker near the tower