Massachusetts Fire Towers
Pelham Tower
Massachusetts State Tower #35

Tower in 2016
(photo courtesy Jack Kelley)


Town: Pelham
County: Hampshire
Mountain or Hill: Lincoln Mountain
Height above sea level: 1238 FT
Tower Structure Height: 68 FT
Latitude: 42-21-49
Longitude: 72-25-23
First date of operation: May 19, 1913
Type: Steel Tower



Other Photos

Pelham Tower 2nd view in 2016
(photo courtesy Jack Kelley)

Pelham Tower in 2000
(photo courtesy Josh Nigro)

Pelham Tower in 1997
(photo courtesy Bill Cobb)


  • This is currently an active state tower
  • The first tower was an existing 25 FT open wooden tower owned by the Amherst Mountain Club
  • Permission was granted to the state to use the tower for fire detection
  • Two miles of phone line is then run to this location
  • In 1920, a 48 FT steel tower moved from the Hanson site is erected here
  • In 1942, this tower is dismantled and moved to Plymouth
  • At the time of the move, a new 65 FT tower provided by the US Forest Service is built
  • In 1957, the current 68 FT tower is built


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