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Old 07-02-2014, 11:29 AM   #1
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Firetower Map

Hello All-

I've created a map of every firetower that there is and ever existed in New York State. Check it out Here.

If you spot any errors or have something to add, post it here and I will add it on.
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Old 07-02-2014, 12:53 PM   #2
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cool map!
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Old 07-02-2014, 01:24 PM   #3
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Snowy isn't on there.
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:16 PM   #4
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Snowy is shown but mis-located by Owl's head SW of Long Lake.

Thanks for this - nice job jfb.
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:27 PM   #5
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Snowy and Owl's Head should be fixed now! Thanks for pointing that out!
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Old 07-02-2014, 03:57 PM   #6
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Cool map. I know there is at least one in Allegany State Park that is missing.
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:19 PM   #7
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Cool map. I know there is at least one in Allegany State Park that is missing.
Could that one have been Summit Hill? I took most of the info from here and googled the locations of each. When it came to that one I was unable to find any info on it.

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After doing further research into Allegany State Park it turns out there are 2 there. Summit Hill and Mount Tuscarora. They have both been added. Thanks!

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Old 07-02-2014, 04:21 PM   #8
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Neat!

Folks here

http://www.firelookout.org/chapters.html

may be intersted in your work.
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:37 PM   #9
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Could that one have been Summit Hill? I took most of the info from here and googled the locations of each. When it came to that one I was unable to find any info on it.

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After doing further research into Allegany State Park it turns out there are 2 there. Summit Hill and Mount Tuscarora. They have both been added. Thanks!
I was just about to reply, but I see you found them.
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Old 08-05-2014, 03:14 PM   #10
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thank you, good work!
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Old 08-05-2014, 04:04 PM   #11
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Hello All-

I've created a map of every firetower that there is and ever existed in New York State. Check it out Here.

If you spot any errors or have something to add, post it here and I will add it on.
Nice map

Ferncliff Fire tower in Rhinebeck. There was an old tower there years back. A new one was built there about 5 years ago and is open to the public.

http://www.ferncliffforest.org/
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Old 08-05-2014, 05:23 PM   #12
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Excellent work...this gives me a good idea of where I can plan a few of my hikes. Thanks for the hard work!
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Old 08-05-2014, 07:17 PM   #13
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Really nice..thanks
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Old 08-26-2014, 09:58 AM   #14
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Believe it or not there is actually a fire tower in Harlem in New York City!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlem_Fire_Watchtower

It is located in Marcus Garvey Park which is bordered by Madison Avenue on the west and 120th / 124th Streets on the north and south.

I saw it for the first time just the other day. As you will see in the picture it is surrounded by a gate. Unfortunately when I visited it the other day I was sad to learn that not only is there a gate around the base but the whole area is now fenced off so you can only get within about 50 yards of the structure. Hopefully this is in preparation for the restoration mentioned in the Wikipedia article.

A pretty cool piece of history. Definitely worth checking out if you live in the surrounding area.
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:02 AM   #15
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I don't know if jfbweatherman is still monitoring this thread, but Pillsbury and Wakely Mountains are radio equipped.

Also, I'm fairly certain that the Swede Mountain tower has been removed (not 100% certain though).
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:14 AM   #16
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Swede Fire Tower

It was there the spring of 2013. I took a picture of it while bushwhacking around a beaver pond southwest of the mountain. Satellite photos reveal its there also. Has it been taken down in the past year?

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Old 08-27-2014, 07:32 AM   #17
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Interesting. I thought that the "Discover" books said it had been removed, they may have just stated that it was scheduled to be removed, however.

If the tower is still there, why isn't it part of the fire tower challenge? (Because it is a bushwhack, I assume.) Isn't the summit just barely on state land? I know that the trail was closed a few years ago because it crosses private property.

Here it is on google maps: http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=43.73644,...ntain\%2C%20NY I don't see any sign of a tower.
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Old 08-27-2014, 07:34 AM   #18
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I went through multiple years of aerial imagery on Google Earth, and I don't see any tower.
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Old 08-27-2014, 07:45 AM   #19
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My copy of the Discover series books is kind of vague, with statements that keep referring to the "fire tower site," but no statement actually saying it was removed. Interesting.

EDIT: According to this, it is still there, but it is on private land. It must be just barely on private land, as the property line passes pretty close to the summit.
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:07 AM   #20
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My attachments aren't working for some reason. I show it on satellite marked by a red circle and a shot I took of it. I can see the tower on your satellite image. It's to the left of your marker almost half way to the road. Look closely its there. Also, the tower is on the boundary of Warren county property and private property.

try this on your map N 43.73683 W 73.59285 Zoom all the way

The roof of the tower is brown and blends in with the trees, but you can definitely see the four sides of the roof

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