Shannock Hill Fire Tower - 2021
|Registry Numbers||US 1046, RI 7 (view other lookouts in United States, Rhode Island)|
|Date Registered||September 3, 2014|
|Nominated by||Henry Isenberg|
|Location||Washington County, Rhode Island|
N 41° 27.738' W 071° 38.284' (view using Google Maps)
N 41° 27' 44" W 071° 38' 17"
N 41.462300° W 071.638067°
|Elevation||290 ft (88 m)|
|Administered by||Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management|
This 80-foot tower was built in 1986. It replaced a tower that had previously been on the site since 1926.
The cab burned in a fire on July 7, 2022. Replacement plan is unknown.
Shannock Hill Fire Tower - Destruction on July 7, 2022
|Condition of wood OK?||No|
|Comments:||This tower is possibly the worst-condition tower I have ever visited. The fence around the base is basically for show now, as there are so many holes and gaps in it that it may just as well be unlocked. The air conditioner in the front of the cab has been kicked out, leaving an empty hole on one of the walls. One of the shutters has also been moved, exposing the cab to the elements. The wood on the cab and the stairs doesn't look very good, and the cab can't be safe anymore, being as exposed as it is.|
Electronics and Enroachments
|Are electronic sites enroaching on tower?||No|
Access and Signs
|NHLR sign posted?||No|
|Directions to tower signed?||No|
Opportunities for Volunteer Support
|Volunteers staffing opportunities?||No|
|Volunteer maintenance opportunities?||No|
Photo courtesy of Jack Kelley