THE MOUNT BEACON FIRE TOWER

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Some history ...

 
 

Mount Beacon Fire Tower was built in 1931 on the site of an earlier structure and was used by the State of New York to spot fires for five decades.

Fire towers once served an important role in protecting our forests and natural heritage. Numbers of them dot ridges throughout the Hudson Valley and other parts of New York State. Our fire tower stands on South Beacon Mountain at 1650' and has been a treasured hiking destination for years.

 
 

South Beacon Mountain: 1650' above sea level

Structure: 1931 Aermotor LS-40

Tower Height: 60 ft

Cabin: 7 x 7 feet square

Number of Steps: 72

Range of View: 75 Miles or greater (clear weather)

Owner: NYS DEC

 
 
from ROSTER OF THE NEW YORK STATE FIRE TOWER FOREST FIRE OBSERVERS
Compiled from the payroll file of the Bureau of Forest Fire Control 1910 - 1975
Researched by: Bill Starr, State Director of the Forest Fire Lookout Association
Beacon Mountain - Dutchess County - District 14 - Region 3
NAME
RESIDENCE

START
SALARY

PERIOD OF
SERVICE
Ray W. Hustis
Cold Spring, NY
$90.20 month
1922 Apr - 1924 June
Andrew Bell 
Beacon, NY
$100.00 month
1935 Oct 20 - 1935 Oct 31
Kenneth Burns
Beacon, NY
$100.00 month 
1936 Apr - 1939 Oct
 

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