Bearfort Tower (1916-1932)
US 435, NJ 4
Bearfort Tower in 1925

Bearfort Tower in 1925

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 435, NJ 4 (view other lookout sites in United States, New Jersey)
Date Registered July 24, 2016
Nominated by Robert Spear
Location Passaic County, New Jersey
Coordinates N 41° 03.309' W 074° 14.691' (view using Google Maps)
N 41° 03' 19" W 074° 14' 41"
N 41.055146° W 074.244849°
Elevation 766 ft (233 m)
Built 1916
Administered by New Jersey Forest Fire Service


"Cedar Mountain" (Bearfort) was originally a "tree lookout" succeeded by a 1909 "pipe" structure built by the watershed. This was in turn replaced by a totally enclosed wood lookout with inside stairway. It was used from 1916 until 1932 when it was accidently destroyed by fire. In 1937 the Forest Fire Service then had built a 68' steel fire tower still in use today as an active fire tower. Bearfort fire tower is already listed on the NHLR.


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