Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Medicine Lodge Fire Lookout Tower

The top twenty feet is all that remains of the once
one hundred foot Medicine Lodge Fire Tower in
the Cypress Hills, Alberta.  It sits at the top
of Ferguson Hill a few miles southwest of the
Elkwater townsite.

It was built in 1967 and was in use from 1968 to
1984 at which time it was determined it did not
provide adequate coverage for the forested lands.

The tower was dismantled in 1993 with the top
portion being reassembled and set on display by
park staff in 1996.  The concrete pads that once
secured the tower to the ground can still be seen
in the photographs.

The park now uses a helicopter for fire watch.

Photographed on August 28, 2017.

Cypress Hills, Alberta, fire lookout tower, structure, historical

Cypress Hills, Alberta, fire lookout tower, structure, historical

helicopter fire watch, Cypress Hills, Alberta


2 comments:

  1. Neat, glad they left part of it on display! I can't imagine climbing up to that tower for work!

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    1. I've heard that the view from up top was spectacular.

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