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Near Milford in Kent County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Observation Tower at Big Stone Beach

 
 
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By Don Morfe, November 10, 2019
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Inscription.  The metal observation tower at Big Stone Beach was one of five constructed in Delaware between World Wars I and II to reinforce nearby Fort Saulsbury. These towers formed an integral part of the fort’s fire control system. Built from metal and corrugated siding, each tower featured two or three observation decks; each deck supported a particular gun located at Fort Saulsbury. Military personnel positioned at the Big Stone Beach tower first worked to identify and confirm enemy targets, then relayed the information gathered to the fort. This tower is the only remaining observation tower used to support Fort Saulsbury, which was decommissioned in 1946.
 
Erected 2015 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number KC-115.)
 
Location. 39° 0.03′ N, 75° 19.704′ W. Marker is near Milford, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker is on North Big Stone Beach Drive. The marker is near the tower on Big Stone Beach Road at the intersection of South Big Stone Beach Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Big Stone Beach Road, Milford DE 19963, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
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By Don Morfe, November 10, 2019
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within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Saulsbury (approx. 4.6 miles away); Town of Bowers (approx. 5.7 miles away); The Memorial Vol. Fire Co. (approx. 6.1 miles away); Absalom Jones (approx. 7.2 miles away); Barratt's Chapel (approx. 7.2 miles away); a different marker also named Barratt's Chapel (approx. 7.3 miles away); Milford (approx. 7˝ miles away); The Vinyard Shipbuilding Company (approx. 7.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milford.
 
Categories. War, World IWar, World II
 
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By Don Morfe, November 10, 2019
3. Observation Tower at Big Stone Beach Marker
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By Don Morfe, November 10, 2019
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2019, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 35 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 13, 2019, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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