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Salamanca in Cattaraugus County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Stone Tower

 
 
Stone Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 25, 2020
1. Stone Tower Marker
Inscription.  
Stone Tower

In April of 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Civilian Conservation Corps to serve two purposes. The first was to put young Americans to work and the second was to accomplish conservation projects nationwide. With a partnership between the U.S. Army and the National Park Service, several CCC Camps operated in Allegany State Park from 1933 to 1940. The earliest of the CCC tent camps established in the park, Camp S.P. 33, Co. 249 - Red House, NY., was located at the intersection of present day ASP 1 and Lower Stone Tower Road. One of the first projects initiated by the men of Company 249 was construction of the road that now loops around the Stone Observation Tower. The project connected the already established State Park Avenue back down to ASP 1 near Camp 33 to complete the loop. The same group of men also began work on an observation tower one-half mile north of their camp later to be known as Stone Tower.

The construction of Stone Tower began in October of 1933 and was completed in the spring of 1934. The stone used to build the tower was all collected and cut in Allegany
Stone Tower & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 25, 2020
2. Stone Tower & Marker
This is the south side. The road and parking area are on the north side. The marker is at the left.
State Park. The octagonal shaped tower stands at an elevation of 2,250 feet and overlooks Salamanca to the North and Red House Lake to the South (Pictured below). A capital "N" was carved in the center of the deck with an arrow through it to indicate which way is North.

Originally providing a panoramic view of the area's majestic hills, years of natural growth has altered the appearance of the area surrounding the tower, changing but not diminishing the scenic vista. The tower has been used for observing everything from the surrounding forest to starry nights and has even been host to special events and weddings. Musical entertainment atop the tower was a popular attraction in the 1960's and 1970's.

The temporary CCC Camp 33 of Co. 249 located near present day, Stone Tower.
North Arrow
An Aerial view of Stone Tower.
Tower Musicians - Brass ensemble plays concert from top of Stone Tower.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkParks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) 🏞️ series list.
 
Location. 42° 7.803′ N, 78° 43.153′ W. Marker is in Salamanca, New York, in Cattaraugus County. Marker is on Stone Tower Road half a mile west
Stone Tower Stairs image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 25, 2020
3. Stone Tower Stairs
At the north opening.
of Route ASP 1, on the left when traveling west. Marker is in Allegany State Park, at about the midpoint of Stone Tower Road, a gravel road that starts at the summit of ASP 1, and ends farther south on ASP 1. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salamanca NY 14779, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sweet Water Spring (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fire Observation Stations: / Fire Tower is Reborn (approx. one mile away); In Memory of Our Dead Comrades (approx. 2.1 miles away); Dedicated to Those from the Salamanca Area (approx. 2.1 miles away); From the Mountains of Afghanistan (approx. 2.1 miles away); These Gates Erected by Salamanca (approx. 2.1 miles away); Allegany State Park's Camp Allegany (approx. 2.1 miles away); Ski Jumping (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salamanca.
 
Also see . . .  The Stone Tower, Allegany State Park - You Tube. A short tour by Paul Crawford of the Friends of Allegany State Park. This was taken before the marker was posted. (Submitted on August 29, 2020, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 
 
Stone Tower North Arrow image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 25, 2020
4. Stone Tower North Arrow
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2020, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 29, 2020, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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Feb. 25, 2021