Fire Towers Mendon Tower Massachusetts
State Tower #24
Tower in 1998
(photo courtesy Henry Isenberg)
Mendon County: Worcester Mountain or Hill: Chestnut Hill Height above sea level: 540 FT Tower Structure Height: 68 FT Latitude: 42-03-53 Longitude: 71-34-25 First date of operation: Apr 1, 1916 Type: Steel Tower
This tower resides
on private land and is leased. The town of Mendon bought the
land in 1940 and leases it to the state today.
The first tower
was 48 FT tall
In 1954, the current
68 FT tower is built. Also at that time, 2-way radios are installed
In 2003, a new cab
Frank M. Aldrich, Fire Warden of Mendon, was told in August of 1915 that the State was to immediately the erection of a fire tower on Wigwam Hill in Mendon. The tower was to be 50 feet high and it was put into service in May 1916 when a watchman was hired and trained in it's operations. In 1954 a new 70 foot high fire tower was built. The new tower rose 20 feet above the old one which stood nearby and was later removed.