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Fire Towers from a Historical Perspective
September 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hiking to a Catskill summit with an amazing 360-degree view from a fire tower is a special experience. But why are those towers there and what role did they play in Catskill history? Here’s a great chance to find out – whether you are a hiker or a history lover!
Laurie Rankin has serious cred in this area. Her father, Larry Baker, was the fire tower Observer at the Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower from 1958-1972. “As a child, I remember looking out at the view and trying to discern the difference between the clouds and possible smoke in effort to help my Dad” said Rankin.
Her program on Sept. 15th, will begin by exploring why fire towers were needed, going back to the early 1900’s on a national and state level. Then Laurie will focus on the local area, particularly Red Hill Fire Tower, 8 miles northeast of Grahamsville, and Balsam Lake Mountain, 20 miles northeast of Livingston Manor.
In the 1990’s, the towers intimate connection to the local communities led to an effort to preserve and reopen them. Today, five of the 23 Catskill fire towers are fully restored and staffed with volunteers most weekends between Memorial Day and Columbus Day.
Laurie Rankin is the New York State Director of the Forest Fire Lookout Association, an avid hiker, and longtime 3500 Club member and officer. She resides in Ulster County.
To reserve a seat for this presentation, call or email Morgan Outdoors at 845 439 5507 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Morgan Outdoors is located at 46 Main Street, Livingston Manor, NY. http://www.morgan-outdoors.com