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5 miles east of Fifield, STH 70

National or State Register of Historic Places
5 miles east of Fifield, STH 70 | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
NAMES
Historic Name:Fifield Fire Lookout Tower
Reference Number:07000668
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):5 miles east of Fifield, STH 70
County:Price
City/Village:
Township:Fifield
SUMMARY
Fifield Fire Lookout Tower
STH 70, Town of Fifield, Price County
Date of construction: 1932

The Fifield Fire Lookout Tower is situated within the rolling forested terrain of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Standing 100 feet in height, it is four sided, made of galvanized steel, and is set on four concrete piers that define a square 19 feet per side. A seven foot square cab tops the tower and it is accessed by an exterior ladder surrounded by a steel cage.

The Wisconsin Conservation Commission, now the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, erected the tower in 1932, a year prior to the establishment of the national forest. The Forest Service assumed responsibility for tower operation in 1935. The Fifield Fire Lookout Tower was constructed at a time when wildfires raged across the "cutover" landscape of northern Wisconsin. It served as an observation point, staffed by lookouts, that was part of a broader fire detection and suppression system. There were once 38 such towers located within the national forest, though today only nine remain standing. The Forest Service has established a trail that leads to the tower, with interpretive panels detailing tower history located at the trail head.

The tower was last used for fire observation in 1973.

PROPERTY FEATURES
Period of Significance:1932-1957
Area of Significance:Conservation
Applicable Criteria:Event
Historic Use:Government: Fire Station
Architectural Style:Other
Resource Type:Structure
Architect:unknown
DESIGNATIONS
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:07/03/2007
State Register Listing Date:04/27/2007
NUMBER OF RESOURCES WITHIN PROPERTY
Number of Contributing Buildings:0
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:1
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:1
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
RECORD LOCATION
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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