Massachusetts Fire Towers
Groton Tower
Massachusetts State Tower #52

Groton Tower in 1998
(photo courtesy Bill Cobb)


Town: Groton
County: Middlesex
Mountain or Hill: Gibbet Hill
Height above sea level: 400 FT
Tower Structure Height: 68 FT
Latitude: 42-36-36
Longitude: 71-33-29
First date of operation: Sep 15, 1941
Type: Steel Tower




Other Photos

Original R-6 Tower in the 1940s
(photo courtesy Henry Isenberg)



  • This is currently an active state tower
  • In 1941, a half acre is purchased for the location of this tower
  • This tower was furnished by the US Forest Service at a cost of $1,400
  • This tower is a prototype of the US Forest Service R-6 design, which was not adopted until 1953 for the North Western US
  • In 1957, this tower was taken down and replaced by a steel 68 FT tower with a 10 x 10 FT cab
  • In 1957, two-way radios are installed


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