Massachusetts Fire Towers
Barnstable Tower

Barnstable Tower circa 1920
(photo courtesy Henry Isenberg)


Town: Barnstable
County: Barnstable
Mountain or Hill: Shoot Flying Hill
Height above sea level: 200 FT
Tower Structure Height: 48 FT
Latitude: 41-41-01
Longitude: 70-20-57
First date of operation: June 1, 1912
Type: Unknown



Other Photos

Barnstable Tower in 1918
(photo courtesy Henry Isenberg)

Tower Footings in 1990
(photo courtesy Henry Isenberg)


  • The first tower used by the state was wooden and built by public subscription in 1897.
  • In 1912, 10 feet of height added to the top of the watchmans cabin.
  • In 1914, a new 48 foot steel tower was erected. Barnstable contributed $350 and Yarmouth contributed $150 toward this tower.
  • At this time, the first telephone line to the tower was laid. It was one mile in length.
  • In 1937, two-way radios were installed.
  • This tower was removed in 1947


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