Poke-O-Moonshine Fire Tower
US 265, NY 20

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 265, NY 20 (view other lookouts in United States, New York)
Date Registered June 15, 1998
Location Essex County, New York
Coordinates N 44° 24.105' W 073° 30.774' (view using Google Maps)
N 44° 24' 06" W 073° 30' 46"
N 44.401755° W 073.512904°
Elevation 2,165 ft (660 m)
Administered by NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Cooperators NYSDEC Region 5, Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine and Adirondack Architectural Heritage

Description

The mountain probably got its name from a “bag of corn whiskey” that some traveler found stashed there many years ago. Another and likely possibility is that the name was derived from the Algonquin name for the hill: Pohqui moosie. Poke-O-Moonshine Fire Tower was first used as a lookout site in 1912. The 35’ Aermotor LS-40 tower with 7’x7’ metal cab was constructed 81 years ago in 1917. A popular hiking destination in the Adirondack Park, it was deactivated in 1988 and considered for removal. In 1997 the Town of Chesterfield passed a resolution supporting renovation of the tower. The Adirondack Heritage and the Adirondack Mountain Club joined in a Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine tower project. The above photo was taken by Randy Kneer in August 2007.

Map

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Photos

1917 Osborne fire finder and plotter (Paul Hartmann photos)

1917 Osborne fire finder and plotter (Paul Hartmann photos)

Panorama map for Saint Regis Mountain 1919

Panorama map for Saint Regis Mountain 1919

2003 restoration

2003 restoration

2003 restoration

2003 restoration

2001 Marty Podskoch flyover

2001 Marty Podskoch flyover

1977 Bob Eckler photo

1977 Bob Eckler photo

Visit Reports

September 17, 2016: Jack Kelley

Condition

Needs paint? No
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Comments: The fire tower, maintained by members of the FFLA, is in amazing condition. The cab of the tower is locked unless a steward is present, and luckily, the steward, and main guy behind the tower's restoration, Tom, was hiking with me and a few others as part of the FFLA Northeastern Conference 2016. The cab has a replica alidade, as well as signs showing what can be seen from the tower. The windows and everything on the tower have been repaired, and the views- and everything abouy the tower- are great.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? The trails to the tower are very well marked and in great condition.

Staffing

Staffed? No
While the tower is no longer used for spotting fires, lookout stewards are sometimes in the tower to give information on it's history.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes

Photos

Photo courtesy of Jack Kelley