Country Living

Fire Lookout Towers

By Oreta Wright

Sun Columnist


Long before the Texas Forest Service started using airplanes to spot forest fires, men climbed to the highest pine tree they could find, preferably one on a hill. Fire spotting trees were seldom effective. Some spotters became ill with the sway of the tree.

The Forest Service began building metal towers at different locations. Fire spotters had to climb stairways before they reached the cabs at the top of each tower. The fire towers were effective.

Read full column in the Sept. 9 edition of the Cass County Sun.

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