Parsons Mountain Lookout
US 837, SC 7

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 837, SC 7 (view other lookouts in United States, South Carolina)
Date Registered November 17, 2009
Nominated by Ron Stafford
Location Sumter National Forest
Abbeville County, South Carolina
Coordinates N 34° 04.984' W 082° 21.767' (view using Google Maps)
N 34° 04' 59" W 082° 21' 46"
N 34.083060° W 082.362780°
Elevation 824 ft (251 m)
Built 1935
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Long Cane Ranger District


This 73' LS-40 Aermotor tower with 7'x7' galvanized sheet metal cab with hip roof was constructed in November 1935 and used by the Forest Service actively until 1989. The Parsons Mountain Lookout is the oldest remaining tower standing on the Sumter National Forest and was the third tower built within the Long Cane Division. It is one of several lookout stations used in the comprehensive fixed-point fire detection of the earlier years of the Forest Service.


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Photo courtesy of Ron Stafford

Photo courtesy of Ron Stafford