Near Coldspring in San Jacinto County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Liberty Hill Fire Tower
On the Look Out
Not all fires are bad. Prescribed fire or "managed" fire can actually be beneficial to a forest. Prescribed fire recycles nutrients for plant growth, controls buildup of forest understory or litter, and prepares bare soils for seed germination.
Wildfires can destroy forests and property if allowed to grow unchecked. This is the reason the fire tower before you was built. It protected the forest that the Civilian Conservation Corps and the USDA Forest Service planted many years ago, and which now grows before you. This tower has helped detect wildfires that could have destroyed this forest.
The Liberty Hill Fire Tower was in use from 1955 to 1969. At that time, the Sam Houston National Forest converted to the use of airplanes for wildfire detection. The Liberty Hill Fire Tower is the last remaining fire tower on the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas.
Erected by US Forest Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Horticulture & Forestry.
Location. 30° 31.095′ N, 95° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Coldspring TX 77331, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Liberty Hill Church & School (approx. 0.2 miles away); San Jacinto County (approx. 4.8 miles away); First Baptist Church of Coldspring (approx. 5.1 miles away); J. M. Hansbro's Law Office (approx. 5.2 miles away); Townsite of Coldspring (approx. 5.2 miles away); Coldspring Methodist Church (approx. 5.2 miles away); Governor George Tyler Wood (approx. 5.2 miles away); San Jacinto County Courthouse (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coldspring.
Also see . . . Fire Lookout Tower. (Submitted on October 20, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 20, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.