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    Senior Member RoySwkr's Avatar
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    Maine Fire Tower News

    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

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    Senior Member onestep's Avatar
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    Maine, Avatar: NE3k
    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...


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    Senior Member Paradox's Avatar
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    Holderness, NH, Avatar: Pine Marten on Mt Field
    Great News! I fondly remember talking to the fire warden on top of Cardigan in NH many years ago.
    WNH4K:48/48, SLAT50:50/50, NEHH:100/100, NE115:115/115,
    TW72:60/72, WADK46: 18/46, 52WAV:16/52, Cat35:9/35(39)

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    Senior Member RoySwkr's Avatar
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    Maine Fire Towers 2006 Survey

    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
    Last edited by RoySwkr; 09-29-2006 at 02:33 PM.

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