Chopmist Fire Tower
US 1016, RI 5

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1016, RI 5 (view other lookouts in United States, Rhode Island)
Date Registered September 2, 2014
Nominated by Henry Isenberg
Location Providence County, Rhode Island
Coordinates N 41° 50.474' W 071° 40.190' (view using Google Maps)
N 41° 50' 28" W 071° 40' 11"
N 41.841236° W 071.669836°
Elevation 730 ft (223 m)
Built 1946
Administered by Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
Cooperators Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

Description

The current tower is the third one on this site. The original wooden tower was located on the southeastern corner of the lot and was replaced by a steel tower in 1946 in approximately the same location as the current tower.

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Visit Reports

June 10, 2015: Gil Woodside

Condition

Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Comments: Fair condition. Cracked glass, stairs a bit soft. Cabin need shingles replaces is spots and paint.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Comments: A couple of antennas on the cab and the tower site next to the fire tower has been expanded.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No

Staffing

Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No Response

November 20, 2016: Jack Kelley

Condition

Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? No Response
Glass intact? Yes
Comments: As far as Rhode Island towers go, Chopmist Hill is in the top 2 best condition towers. The shingles on the cab should be replaced in some places, but otherwise the tower looks good.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Comments: There are many cell towers behind the lookout, and a few radio dishes are on the tower itself.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No

Staffing

Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No

Photos

Photo courtesy of Jack Kelley

December 15, 2016: Gil Woodside

Condition

Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Not Applicable
Condition of wood OK? Not Applicable
Stairs OK? No
Glass intact? Not Applicable
Comments: Stairs a bit soft on the last 2 flights. Remnants of a large bird nest on stairs directly under the cab.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Comments: Old Dept of Environmental Management radio antenna still on cab.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? There is a perimeter fence and the cab access door is locked.

Staffing

Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Unsure

Photos

Photo courtesy of Gil Woodside