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Adirondack Firetowers, Their History and Lore: The Southern District
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.

Over the years, tall steel towers replaced the early ones made of logs, and cabins were built for the observers. During World War II, the towers were also used to watch for enemy aircraft. Rendered obsolete by aerial surveillance and a public educated in forest fire prevention, many were removed. Today some of the abandoned towers have been or are being restored for the benefit of hikers. A future volume will cover the northern districts.

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Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Purple Mountain Press, Ltd.
Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
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This book tells the story of the towers in the words of the observers who staffed them, their spouses, children, and friends. Marty Podskoch spent many months of travel throughout the Adirondacks tracing down these folks. This is a remarkable piece of research and a must-read for those

John Freeman, Adirondack Mountain Club staff and author of Views from on High: Fire Tower Trails in the Adirondacks and Catskills

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