1 January 2015

Lookout Ladder

Despite claims of it being long since fallen, I set out to find the location and fate of the Smoke Lake Fire Tower, one of eight that formerly existed in the park and the only one that was built utilizing a tree, a ladder leading up to a wooden observation platform erected at the top of a white pine that towered above the surrounding canopy of hardwoods. Constructed by fire rangers Aubrey Dunne and Max Hubert in 1925, it was struck and killed by lightning in the 70s and its top later broke off. I found the lower fifty feet still standing, its bottom festooned with spikes and its ladder attached, the top rungs reaching up into the sky.

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