Near Hamley Run in Athens County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Snake Ridge Lookout Tower
Reconstructed on this site, this lookout tower once stood off S.R. 278 southwest of Nelsonville in Athens County. Known as the Snake Ridge Lookout Tower this tower was originally built in 1939.
Many of the lookout towers were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Construction included a 75-100 foot steel tower with either wooden steps or a steel ladder, a log guard station with outhouse and garage to provide housing for the lookout, and telephone lines to the tower. The towers were actively used until the 1970s.
Towers were manned during spring and fall when fires were most prevalent. Of the original eight towers on the Forest, only the Shawnee Lookout Tower near New Straitsville remains at its original location. Shawnee, Snake Ridge, and Iron Point Towers once stood on the Athens Ranger District and Kimble, Long Hollow, New Castle, Pilot Knob, and Telegraph Towers were on the Ironton Ranger District.
The New Castle Lookout was the first on the Forest and consisted of a platform built on the top of a tree trunk until it was replaced by a metal structure.
This sign was erected to commemorate the Centennial of the USDA Forest Service. Funding for the sign was paid for by the Eastern National Forest Interpretive Association. A time capsule was buried here to be opened in 2055.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
Location. 39° 24.173′ N, 82° 9.993′ W. Marker is near Hamley Run, Ohio, in Athens County. Marker is on U.S. 33, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker and tower are on the grounds of the Wayne National Forest Headquarters. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13700 US Highway 33, Nelsonville OH 45764, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Athens County Infirmary (approx. 2.6 miles away); Millfield Mine No. 6 - 1205 Disaster (approx. 4.3 miles away); Millfield Coal Mine Disaster (approx. 5.2 miles away); Veterans' Memorial (approx. 5.3 miles away); Hocking Valley Railway (approx. 5.3 miles away); The Hocking Valley Coal Strike (approx. 5.3 miles away); E. M. Poston (approx. 5.3 miles away); Daniel Nelson (approx. 5.3 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Wayne National Forest. (Submitted on March 11, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Historic Ohio Lookout Towers. (Submitted on March 11, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Ohio Forest Fire Lookout Association. (Submitted on March 11, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Communications • Disasters • Government • Horticulture & Forestry • Man-Made Features • Natural Resources •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 11, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,510 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 11, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.