Alander Mountain Tower Site
US 544, MA 54

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 544, MA 54 (view other lookout sites in United States, Massachusetts)
Date Registered October 6, 2009
Nominated by Bill Starr
Location Berkshire County, Massachusetts
Coordinates N 42° 05.550' W 073° 30.267' (view using Google Maps)
N 42° 05' 33" W 073° 30' 16"
N 42.092500° W 073.504444°
Elevation 2,145 ft (654 m)


In 1928 the Taconic State Park Commission erected an Aermotor LS-40 60' tower on Alander Mtn., just barely within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, for the sole purpose of detecting fires on park land. In 1930 the area at Alander Mtn. burned, and the land owner asked for the tower to be removed. The tower was dismantled by Park staff and stored at the High Falls facility in the park. The Park re-erected the tower on Washburn Mtn., within the park boundaries, in 1933. Operation of the tower was turned over to Forest Fire Control about 1935 and was actively operated there until 1963. In November of 1963 the tower was dismantled by Forest Rangers and transported by helicopter to the Beebe Hill site and re-erected.


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Alander Mountain tower 1929 with Observer Mervin Whitbeck

Alander Mountain tower 1929 with Observer Mervin Whitbeck