Massachusetts Fire Towers
Lenox Tower
Massachusetts State Tower #43

Lenox Tower in 1999
(photo courtesy Henry Isenberg)


Town: Lenox
County: Berkshire
Mountain or Hill: Lenox Mountain
Height above sea level: 2123 FT
Tower Structure Height: 68 FT
Latitude: 42-23-37
Longitude: 73-18-41
First date of operation: Sep 1, 1915
Type: Steel Tower



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  • In 1915, a 48 FT tower is erected
  • The towns of Lenox, Richmond, and Pittsfield donated $200 toward the purchase of this tower
  • Two miles of phone line is run to this tower
  • In 1952, the state buys the land under the tower and the right of way
  • In 1963, the tower is closed due to the poor condition of the tower
  • In 1966, a new 75 FT tower with a 10 x 10 cab and new fence is built.
  • After the new tower is built, it is dedicated and renamed in the memory of past Chief of Fire Control "Hutchinson", who at the time of his death was the oldest chief in years of service and age
  • In 1970, this tower blew over in a high wind storm
  • In the fall of 1970, the current 68 FT tower is built
  • The tower is last staffed during the 1988 fire season
  • In the winter of 1995, the tower cab and stairs are destroyed by fire
  • The state plans to rebuild this tower accrording to a plan written in 2003
  • The tower steelwork still stands today


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