Snowy Mountain Fire Observation Station

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Snowy Mountain Fire Observation Station
Snowy Mountain Fire Observation Station is located in New York
Snowy Mountain Fire Observation Station
Location Snowy Mountain, Indian Lake, New York
Coordinates 43°42′7″N 74°20′6″W / 43.70194°N 74.33500°W / 43.70194; -74.33500Coordinates: 43°42′7″N 74°20′6″W / 43.70194°N 74.33500°W / 43.70194; -74.33500
Area 14.2 acres (5.7 ha)
Built 1917
Architect Aermotor Corporation
Governing body State
MPS Fire Observation Stations of New York State Forest Preserve MPS
NRHP Reference # 01001031[1]
Added to NRHP September 23, 2001

The Snowy Mountain Fire Observation Station is a historic fire observation station located on the summit of Snowy Mountain at Indian Lake in Hamilton County, New York.[2] The station includes a 45-foot-tall (14 m), steel-frame lookout tower erected in 1917, a jeep trail from NYS Rte 30 to the base of the mountain, the remains of an observer's cabin and an adjacent spring house reported to have been built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936. There are four contributing resources: the tower, trail, observer's cabin ruin, and spring house. The tower is a prefabricated structure built by the Aermotor Corporation and provided a front line of defense in preserving the Adirondack Forest Preserve from the hazards of forest fires. The jeep trail is now largely abandoned and replaced by a hiking trail relocated to higher and drier ground. Of the observer's cabin and the spring house, little physical evidence remains. Both were removed during the 1980s.[3]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Podskoch, Martin, 2003. Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore, The Southern Districts, Purple Mountain Press, Fleischmanns, NY, ISBN 978-0-9794979-2-6, pp. 179-184.
  3. ^ Wes Haynes (May 2000). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Snowy Mountain Fire Observation Station". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2010-02-20.  See also: "Accompanying three photos". 

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