Wakely Mountain Fire Tower
US 113, NY 12

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 113, NY 12 (view other lookouts in United States, New York)
Date Registered March 6, 1995
Nominated by Fred Knauf, New York Chapter, FFLA
Location Arietta, Hamilton County, New York
Coordinates N 43° 44.141' W 074° 30.910' (view using Google Maps)
N 43° 44' 08" W 074° 30' 55"
N 43.735680° W 074.515173°
Elevation 3,749 ft (1,143 m)
Administered by NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Cooperators NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation and NY Chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Assoc.

Description

Wakely Mountain Fire Tower, at 82’, is one of the tallest towers in New York. The 70' Aermotor LL-25 structure has a smaller 6’ x 6’ cab and was one of the first built in the state in 1916. It is of the “windmill” design and originally had a 74’ outside ladder which was replaced with a safer factory stairway kit in 1930. One of the most remote towers, it offers remarkable views of the Moose River Plains region.

Additional information courtesy of Bill Starr, NHLR State Registrar: "In 2001 Ann Spaziano–Mac Bride and Bill Starr completed field data gathering of this facility so that Indian Lake Town Historian Bill Zullo could nominate the station to the National Register of Historic Places. The Wakely Mtn. station was placed on the National Register in 2003. Awaiting approval to begin restoration work." From The Aermotor Model LL-25 by Bill Starr: "The AerMotor Model # LL-25 was proposed to the State, and ten of these towers were ordered. All were delivered by rail road early in 1916 and nine were immediately erected at Cathead, Fort Noble, Hamilton, Makomis, Moosehead, T-Lake, Tommy, Wakely, and Woodhull Mountains."

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Photos

Nov. 2001--Cabin view from tower (Ann Spaziano photo-courtesy Bill Starr)

Nov. 2001--Cabin view from tower (Ann Spaziano photo-courtesy Bill Starr)

Nov. 2001--Model 1941 Cabin (Bill Starr photo)

Nov. 2001--Model 1941 Cabin (Bill Starr photo)

Evan Williams, left, shoots a photograph from a camera attached to a telescope pole last weekend as he and Matt Strickland take in the view from the Wakely Mountain Fire Tower.

Evan Williams, left, shoots a photograph from a camera attached to a telescope pole last weekend as he and Matt Strickland take in the view from the Wakely Mountain Fire Tower.

Visit Reports

October 30, 2016:

Condition

Needs paint? No
Shutters OK? No
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No
Comments: The tower is fine. The paint is not chipped at all, and the wood is fine. However, the footings are not fine. The bottom railings of the stairs are very loose, and an entire footing of the stairs is not connected to the beam it once supported. The steel beam is just hanging in the air, and the footing is just eroded. Most of the footings are in bad shape. Aside from that, the cabin and tower are fine.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Comments: There is a single radio repeater from the NYDEC inside the cab, as well as one solar panel on the cab exterior.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? The trailhead is well-marked.

Staffing

Staffed? No
This tower has not been staffed since 1988.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No

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