Tag Archives: Georgia Fire Towers

Chenocetah Mountain Fire Tower, 1937, Cornelia

This fire tower was built atop Chenocetah Mountain (1830′) by the WPA Resettlement Administration for use by rangers in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The 54′ granite tower was dedicated on 7 June 1938. Later, a plaque was added to the tower in memory of three forest workers who died in World War II: William A. Crossland, Robert C. Fuller, and Edward W. Simpson. Use of the tower was discontinued in 1975 and its fate was unsure, but the Georgia Forest Service began restaffing it during fire season in 1989.

National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --HABERSHAM COUNTY GA--, Cornelia GA

CCC Fire Tower, 1935, Fort Mountain

In 2014-2015, the iconic stone fire lookout tower constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps camp 468 (SP-6) was restored by the state as part of the interpretive plan at Fort Mountain State Park. The tower was used until the early 1960s when it was replaced by a steel tower on a nearby mountain. In 1971, the cupola burned and the tower fell into disrepair.

National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --MURRAY COUNTY GA--

Fire Tower, Clay County

Though you may see them from time to time, Georgia’s iconic fire towers are actually quite endangered. In the late 1980s, the Georgia Forestry Commission began phasing out the tower operators in favor of an air patrol system. Many were scrapped and sold and of the ones that remain, some are used when air service is unavailable.

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Filed under --CLAY COUNTY GA--

Forestry Station & Fire Tower, Fargo

Fargo GA Georgia Forestry Fire Tower Station Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Most fire towers have been decommissioned in Georgia, but Fargo’s is very relevant. The town was threatened by the Bugaboo Scrub Fire of April &  May 2007, the largest wildfire in Georgia history.

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Filed under --CLINCH COUNTY GA--, Fargo GA