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5 miles east of Fifield, STH 70

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5 miles east of Fifield, STH 70 | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Fifield Fire Lookout Tower
Reference Number:07000668
Location (Address):5 miles east of Fifield, STH 70
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.

Period of Significance:1932-1957
Area of Significance:Conservation
Applicable Criteria:Event
Historic Use:Government: Fire Station
Architectural Style:Other
Resource Type:Structure
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 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
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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