Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore, The
By Martin Podskoch
New York State lost tens of thousands of acres of woodland to fires in the late 19th and
early 20th centuries. With no vegetation to hold rain-soaked soil on devastated slopes,
great floods resulted. In response, the state began to erect fire towers in 1916, and they
became destinations for generations of hikers fascinated by the views the towers afforded
and by the stories told by observers. Made obsolete by aerial surveillance and modern
communication, today some abandoned towers have been or are being restored for the benefit
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Marty Podskoch's second volume about
Adirondack fire towers completes a huge undertaking-to document and bring to life the
fascinating history and lore of the region's fire observation stations through the words
and photographs of the people who made these important places work. The fire towers
themselves, tall, remote mountain sentinels, have come to have great public appeal, but it
is the stories of the people associated with these towers that really give them meaning
- STEVEN ENGELHART, EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR, ADIRONDACK ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE