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Construction of Fire Control Tower No. 23

 
 
Construction of Fire Control Tower No. 23 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 18, 2010
1. Construction of Fire Control Tower No. 23 Marker
Inscription. White Construction of New York was the contractor for this fire control tower. They used a “sliding form” or “slip form,” allowing for a continuous pour of concrete. In June of 1942, about fourteen piles were driven into the ground. Two wooden cylindrical forms of tongue-and-groove board were placed one inside the other, with a one foot gap between them. Iron reinforcement bars (re-bars) were positioned in the gap and the concrete was then poured. As the concrete set, the forms were jacked up and the pour continued. Rectangular boxes were stuck in the gap between the forms to create window openings. You can still see the line in the concrete near the top of the tower where the pour was ended and more traditional forms were used to create the top and the cap of the tower. Amazingly, it only took 2 ½ to 3 days to build the shell of Fire Control Tower No. 23. Finishers moved in to create the floors and details, and the tower was completed by September 1942.
 
Location. 38° 56.612′ N, 74° 58.013′ W. Marker is in Cape May, New Jersey, in Cape May County. Marker is on Sunset Blvd. (County Route 606), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located near the World War II Lookout Tower. Marker is in this post office area: Cape May NJ 08204, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Cape May Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 18, 2010
2. Cape May Markers
Several markers are found near the tower. The "Construction of Fire Control Tower No. 23" marker is seen here on the right.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Top of the Fire Tower (here, next to this marker); History of Coastal Defenses (here, next to this marker); Fire Control Tower No. 23 (here, next to this marker); The abrupt end of Fort Miles (here, next to this marker); Landscape (here, next to this marker); The Construction of Fort Miles (a few steps from this marker); Cape May during World War II (a few steps from this marker); S.S. Atlantus (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cape May.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a silhouette of the area showing Fire Control Tower No. 23. The right of the marker features a recruitment poster for the Coast Artillery Corps.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Miles website. (Submitted on August 27, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Construction of Fire Control Tower No. 23 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 18, 2010
3. Construction of Fire Control Tower No. 23 Marker
Fire Control Tower No. 23 image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 18, 2010
4. Fire Control Tower No. 23
The marker is seen here on the walkway to the tower.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 495 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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