This map shows the locations of the 144 fire towers that once dotted the state. Forest Fire Lookout Association, Maine chapter

 

FIRE TOWERS IN MAINE

Total known tower sites: 144

Standing, active: 2 (Mount Hope near Sanford, Ossipee Hill in Waterboro)

Standing, inactive: 53

Open to the public: 15, including 3 with new cabs (on Allagash, Round Pond and Debouille mountains). Others have observation decks only, including Kibby and Oquossoc Bald in Franklin County and Old Speck in Oxford County.

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Number of towers in Androscoggin County: 0 (The only county in Maine with no towers)

Franklin County: 7

Oxford County: 12

 

FRANKLIN COUNTY TOWERS

Mount Abraham, Mount Abraham Township, 1924, blown over in October 2014

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Kibby Mountain, unorganized territory T1,R7, 1906 (replaced 1914, 1926), standing, observation only, open to the public

Mount Blue, Weld, 1932, removed Sept. 2011 and replaced with a look-alike radio antenna

Oquossoc Bald Mountain, Rangeley, 1920s (replaced 1994), standing, observation only, open to the public

Pickett Mountain, Lang Plantation, 1916, abandoned 1921

Round Mountain, Alder Stream Twp., installation date unknown, gone, details unknown

Saddleback Mountain, Sandy River Plantation, 1913, converted to radio tower in early 1970s, removed in 1990s

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OXFORD COUNTY TOWERS

Aziscoos, Lincoln Plantation, 1910 (replaced 1917, 1919, 1929), purposely collapsed, removed 2004

Bear Mountain, Hartford, 1934, dismantled between 1950 and 1961

Deer Mountain, unorganized territory T4, R2, 1926, dismantled 1950

Old Speck Mountain, Grafton Notch, 1914 (replaced 1919,) standing, observation only, open to the public

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Pleasant Mountain, Denmark, built 1920 (rebuilt 1968), standing

Roost (The Roost), Batchelder’s Grant, 1940, removed 1940s

Sabattus Mountain, Lovell, 1939, disassembled 1962 and moved to Mt. Hope near Sanford

Speckled Mountain, Stoneham, 1914 (replaced 1917, 1919, 1933), relocated to Streaked Mountain 1987

Spruce Mountain, Woodstock, installation date unknown, gone (details unknown)

Streaked Mountain, Buckfield, 1950 (replaced 1987), standing

West Kennebago Mountain, Upper Cupsuptic Twp., 1911 (replaced 1914), removed May 2012

Zircon Mountain, Milton Township, 1922, cab and lightning shack burned 1975

Source: Forest Fire Lookout Association, Maine chapter

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