Bald Knob Fire Tower
US 149, WV 4

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 149, WV 4 (view other lookouts in United States, West Virginia)
Date Registered December 15, 1995
Nominated by Ralph P. Glover, Jr., Dep. Admn. Forester
Location Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
Pocahontas County, West Virginia
Coordinates N 38° 26.871' W 079° 55.861' (view using Google Maps)
N 38° 26' 52" W 079° 55' 52"
N 38.447855° W 079.931011°
Elevation 4,831 ft (1,472 m)
Administered by West Virginia Division of Forestry
Cooperators WV Division of Forestry and WV Division of Parks and Recreation

Description

Few -- if any -- mountaintop lookouts in the U.S. are reached by steam railroad, but Bald Knob Tower in West Virginia’s Cass Scenic Railroad State Park is one of them. The 47’ tower with l’ x 7’ metal cab was built in the early 1930s on land then owned by the Mower Lumber Co. and was active until 1977. It is now maintained as a park view point.

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July 2009

July 2009 - courtesy of Brian Powell

October 2009 photo

October 2009 photo - courtesy of Andy FitzGibbon

Watchman's cabin October 2009

Watchman's cabin October 2009 - courtesy of Andy FitzGibbon

October 2009 photo

October 2009 photo - courtesy of Andy FitzGibbon