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Belleplain Station
US 245, New Jersey 7
Belleplain State Forest
Cape May County, New Jersey
Elevation: 56 feet
Constructed on the Belleplain State Forest in 1921 as a 60’ tower, Belleplain Fire Tower was soon overtaken by surrounding trees. In the 1930s, an additional 40’ section was added. The 100’ Aermotor steel tower with 7’ x 7’ metal cab is in active service.

Blue Anchor Station
US 566, New Jersey 19
Camden County, New Jersey
Elevation: 152 feet
The original fire tower at Blue Anchor Station was an LS-47 Aermotor. In 1932 it was moved to the Stokes State Forest as the Culver tower. The current McKlintock Marshall 86’ steel tower with 7’x7’ metal cab was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1932.

Dias Creek Station
US 567, New Jersey 20
Cape May County, New Jersey
Elevation: 13 feet
The southernmost tower in NJ is Dias Creek Station located on Cape May. At 15’ above sea level it is the lowest elevation lookout in the state. The 60’ Aermotor with 7’x7’ metal cab was built in 1944 and raised to 100’ in 1970. It has recently been put back into service due to the need for prompt fire detection in this rapidly developing area.

McKeetown
US 249, New Jersey 11
Atlantic County, New Jersey
Elevation: 75 feet
Located just west of Atlantic City, NJ, McKeetown Fire Tower was first a wooden and iron braced tower built by the coast resort water department in 1917. The state built this 80’ Aermotor tower with 7’x7’ metal cab in 1924. In 1946 a 20’ addition was clamped to the top, raising the tower to its current 100’.

Millville
US 569, New Jersey 22
Cumberland County, New Jersey
Elevation: 83 feet
The Millville Station Fire Tower was built in 1922 replacing an earlier structure of local design. The 60’ Aermotor tower with 7’x7’ metal cab was later raised to 100’. Renovated under the “extended use” program, it is in active service.

 

Mizpah
US 570, New Jersey 23
Atlantic County, New Jersey
Elevation: 106 feet
Originally constructed in 1924 near the old Mizpah Hotel, Mizpah Station Fire Tower was moved in 1959 one mile up the road to its present site. The original 60’ Aermotor tower with 7’x7’ metal cab was raised to 100’ at this time. Recently restored, it is the key tower of the southern region of the Pinelands.

 

 

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