Nooseneck Hill Fire Tower
US 640, RI 2

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 640, RI 2 (view other lookouts in United States, Rhode Island)
Date Registered June 2, 2005
Nominated by Henry Isenberg
Location Town of West Greenwich
Kent County, Rhode Island
Coordinates N 41° 37.166' W 071° 38.617' (view using Google Maps)
N 41° 37' 10" W 071° 38' 37"
N 41.619440° W 071.643610°
Elevation 530 ft (162 m)
Built 1950
Administered by West Greenwich Fire Department
Cooperators West Greenwich Fire Department


The Nooseneck Hill Fire Tower is a 60' International Derrick tower with a 7'x7' metal cab. It was originally constructed in 1933 in the Wickaboxet State Forest. In 1950 it was moved to the West Greenwich Fire Station.


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Visit Reports

November 20, 2016: Jack Kelley


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? No
Stairs OK? No Response
Glass intact? No
Good condition? No
Comments: This tower, while it is not fenced, should not be climbed. It now holds radio equipment in the cab and the siren for the West Greenwich Fire Station on a platform in the middle of the tower. I asked a few people in thr fire station, which it is right behind, if it is climbable or not before I climbed it, and they said that it is not safe to climb, as the wood has not been replaced in at least 25 years. There are many holes in the stairs and the glass is broken in some of the windows.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Comments: The tower now only exists to hold radio equipment.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No


Staffed? No
This tower has not been staffed since before 1950.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No


Photo courtesy of Jack Kelley