Blue Mountain Lake in Hamilton County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The second forest fire
tower in the Adirondacks.
Erected 1909. One of 58 now
maintained by the State in
Adirondacks and Catskills.
New York State Education and
Conservation Departments, 1935
Erected 1935 by New York State Education and Conservation Departments.
Location. 43° 52.193′ N, 74° 25.958′ W. Marker is in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from New York State Route 30. Touch for map. The marker was originally on Whiteface Mountain, but is now on display, along with the fire tower, at the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake. Marker is in this post office area: Blue Mountain Lake NY 12812, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lake Durant (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Adirondacks (approx. 2.1 miles away); Pioneer Bridge (approx. 2.3 miles away).
Regarding Fire Tower. Whiteface is New York State's fifth tallest mountain and the only fire tower mountain over 4,000 feet in elevation. When this observation station was established in July 1909, no
In 1909, the State acquired a temporary easement on the summit of Whiteface, which was then privately owned. Whiteface was one of the first mountains in the Adirondacks used for forest fire detection in response to devastating forest fires that occurred across the region in 1903 and the early part of 1909. It was also the most expensive to construct due to the need to construct 7.5 miles of telephone line. The log pole station was replaced by a 22 foot tall Aermotor LS40 tower in 1919. The steel tower proved to be too small to accommodate ever increasing use and was supplanted by the current, much larger stone observation tower that was constructed in 1935, after the 4.1 acres comprising the summit were gifted to the State of New York. A road to the summit was built in the 1930's. The road is open from May to October. Foot access is available year round.
Also see . . .
1. Historic Structures ond display at the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake. (Submitted on July 17, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
2. Firetower Study for the Adirondack Park - February 2010 (pdf) (Submitted on July 17, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
Additional keywords. Forest Fires Adirondack Adirondeck
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 636 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 17, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.