Cape May in Cape May County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Fire Control Tower No. 23
This tower was one of 15 fire control towers that were built for Fort Miles, 11 on the Delaware side and 4 here in New Jersey. It is the only New Jersey tower that has survived intact. The towers in North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest have been demolished, while the one in Cape May City has been engulfed by the Grand Hotel (where you can still see its top sticking above the roofline).
Topics. This War, World II.
Location. 38° 56.615′ N, 74° 58.012′ 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. Marker is located near the World War II Lookout Tower. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cape May NJ 08204, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. History of Coastal Defenses (here, next to this marker); The Top of the Fire Tower (here, next to this marker); Construction of Fire Control Tower No. 23 (here, next to this marker); The abrupt end of Fort Miles (a few steps from this marker); The Construction of Fort Miles (a few steps from this marker); Landscape (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). Touch for a list and map 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 marker also features a painting by Howard S. Schroeder showing an azimuth being used here at Fort Miles, and a map showing the distribution of Fort Miles’ Fire Control Towers, from South of Bethany Beach in Delaware to North Wildwood, NJ.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 20, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 710 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 20, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.