Sterling Mountain Fire Observation Tower and Observer's Cabin

The Sterling Mountain Fire Observation Tower and Observer's Cabin is a historic fire observation station located on Sterling Mountain in Sterling Forest State Park at Greenwood Lake in Orange County, New York. Located at an elevation of 1,320 ft (400 m), the station includes a 60-foot-tall (18 m), steel-frame lookout tower erected in 1922 and an observer's cabin built about 1934. The tower is a prefabricated structure built by the Aermotor Corporation and provided a front line of defense in preserving the Ramapo Mountains from the hazards of forest fires. The observer's cabin is of light frame construction, sheathed with board and batten siding stained brown.[2]

Sterling Mountain Fire Observation Tower and Observer's Cabin
Sterling Forest State Park, NY - fire lookout tower.jpg
Sterling Mountain Fire Observation Tower and Observer's Cabin is located in New York
Sterling Mountain Fire Observation Tower and Observer's Cabin
Sterling Mountain Fire Observation Tower and Observer's Cabin is located in the United States
Sterling Mountain Fire Observation Tower and Observer's Cabin
Nearest cityGreenwood Lake, New York
Coordinates41°11′42″N 74°16′44″W / 41.19500°N 74.27889°W / 41.19500; -74.27889Coordinates: 41°11′42″N 74°16′44″W / 41.19500°N 74.27889°W / 41.19500; -74.27889
Arealess than one acre
Built1922
ArchitectAermotor Corporation
NRHP reference No.06000644[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 28, 2006

In 1968 an access road was constructed to facilitate repairs, with both the tower and cabin being upgraded that same year. The station became a volunteer-run reserve lookout in 1989 when New York State ended its fire observation program.[3]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ William E. Krattinger (May 2005). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Sterling Mountain Fire Observation Tower and Observer's Cabin". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2010-02-20. See also: "Accompanying two photos".
  3. ^ History of Sterling Fire Tower. Forest Fire Lookout Association. 2005 – via Sterling Mountain Fire Observer's Cabin.