Mount Olga Fire Tower
US 141, VT 4
December 2016 photo

December 2016 photo - courtesy of Jack Kelley

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 141, VT 4 (view other lookouts in United States, Vermont)
Date Registered November 24, 1995
Nominated by Mark Haughwout, FFLA
Location Molly Stark State Park
Windham County, Vermont
Coordinates N 42° 50.987' W 072° 48.281' (view using Google Maps)
N 42° 50' 59" W 072° 48' 17"
N 42.849783° W 072.804683°
Elevation 2,316 ft (706 m)
Administered by Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation
Cooperators Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation

Description

The original octagonal wooden fire tower on Mt. Olga -- a design possibly unique to the State of Vermont -- was constructed by the Division of Forestry in 1930. Although several towers of this type were built, none remain today. The present steel lookout with 7x7’ metal cab was moved to the site from Bald Mountain in 1949 and was in use until the 1970s. The tower is maintained as a popular hiking destination and view point in Molly Stark State Park.

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Visit Reports

August 28, 2004: Jim Lewis

Condition

Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Comments: Nothing treacherous, but wood on second landing is a bit soft.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No
Comments: Thanks for maintaining this treasured location. The tower is a rare example of public trust.

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

December 11, 2016: Jack Kelley

Condition

Needs paint? No
Shutters OK? Not Applicable
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No
Comments: This tower is in good condition. The only thing that stands out to me regarding condition is that it seems as if the glass in the windows was never removed and was maintained, as opposed to many other towers in the state, where there is simply no glass at all. I'm pointing this out because most of the glass is missing, although some remains.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? Apparently somewhere in the Molly Stark State Park there is a sign that says the tower is on the NHLR, although I haven't seen it.

Staffing

Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Unsure