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09-20-2006, 01:08 PM
The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands has begun a project to rehab 3 Maine
Towers -

Allgash Mountain Tower, T7 R14 WELS
Round Pond Mountain, T13 R12 WELS
Deboullie Mountain, T15 R9 WELS

The repairs are significant and should keep these towers sound for many
years to come:
1) Cab replacement
2) Ladder Maintenance and Ladder Cage installation
3) Footing Replacement
4) Guy Wire Replacement
5) Steel Painting

The private landowner expects to rebuild the Deasey Mtn lookout, one of
the most scenic locations in the state. It has just been named to the National Historic Lookout Register.

The Maine Forest Service has removed the Harris Mtn tower due to its poor
condition, maybe it wasn't so bad as they had to pull it over with a

09-20-2006, 01:21 PM
I have fond memories of Maine Firetowers from my youth.

The watchman inviting us into the Streaked Mtn tower and explaining triangulation to us...

The watchman on Avery Peak asking with amazement "you boys back here again!?"

The firewardens cabin on Old Speck...


09-20-2006, 04:58 PM
Great News! I fondly remember talking to the fire warden on top of Cardigan in NH many years ago.

09-25-2006, 02:27 PM
I received this data in the mail, see

Data as of 9/20/2006
Total Known Tower Sites 143
Total Towers Still Standing 67
Total Towers Gone or Removed - 76

Of the 67 Standing Towers:
Standing Steel Only, No Cab 21
Standing Steel Converted to Observation Deck - 7
Standing Steel and Cab 39

Average Condition of the 39 Standing Towers with Cabs:
Good Condition 13
Fair Condition 11
Poor Condition 10
Bad Condition 5