William Penn Memorial Fire Tower
US 324, PA 7

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 324, PA 7 (view other lookouts in United States, Pennsylvania)
Date Registered October 30, 1999
Nominated by Pagoda-Skyline, Inc.
Location City of Reading
Berks County, Pennsylvania
Coordinates N 40° 20.820' W 075° 54.162' (view using Google Maps)
N 40° 20' 49" W 075° 54' 10"
N 40.347000° W 075.902700°
Elevation 1,108 ft (338 m)
Administered by City of Reading, Pennsylvania
Cooperators Pagoda-Skyline, Inc.


Built in 1939 by the City of Reading as a tourist attraction and fire observation post and staffed by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry untill 1988, William Penn Memorial Fire Tower is one of the most impressive lookouts in the U.S. This 120' stone tower with round copper dome cab replaced a wooden tower dating to 1889 which had burned in 1923. The City of Reading and Pagoda-Skyline, Inc. have restored the tower.


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