Pondfield Fire Tower
US 1765, PA 72

Photo courtesy of Brian Wise

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1765, PA 72 (view other lookouts in United States, Pennsylvania)
Date Registered December 5, 2023
Nominated by Brian Wise
Location Forbes State Forest
Fayette County, Pennsylvania
Coordinates N 39° 46.938' W 079° 42.020' (view using Google Maps)
N 39° 46' 56" W 079° 42' 01"
N 39.782299° W 079.700325°
Elevation 2,713 ft (827 m)
Built 1935
Administered by Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry


The Pondfield Fire Tower was constructed in 1935 by the Marshal McClintock Company and erected by the Civilian Conservation Corps. A watchman's ground cabin sits near the tower. The watchman jobs were seasonal and paid poorly. The jobs were usually held by farmers, housewives, etc. The Tower was staffed until the 1970s and is used today for educational purposes. The tower and ground cabin have fallen into disrepair and need major repairs.


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