DANCING RIDGE FIRE TOWER

NGS PID:
LY2684
Coordinates:
N 41.1635° W 75.170016°
Location:
Elevation:
Unknown
Type:
Landmark/Intersection Station
Setting:
Fire Lookout Tower
Year Established:
1940
Established By:
NGS
Status:
Recovered
Condition:
Destroyed as of June 17, 2004

We took a little detour on the way home from a geocache hunt in the area to search for what might remain of this tower. Unfortunately, we did not find the tower standing. Only the concrete footings, and a platform that may have been at the base of the stairs, still exist. The tower itself was likely dismantled and removed completely from the site. This landmark station certainly had a colorful name. As we hiked to the coordinates, I envisioned American Indians in ceremonial dress dancing on this knoll at night to tribal music that could be heard from afar.

Photographs and a report on the condition of this station were submitted to NGS, which subsequently marked this station officially Destroyed.

A report on the condition of this survey mark has been submitted to NGS.

Station landmark no longer exists.

This third order horizontal control station was located and identified but the station landmark itself was destroyed. The entire fire tower appears to have been dismantled and removed. Only the four concrete footings for the legs of the structure remain. At what would have been the center of the base of the lookout tower, a Garmin GPSmap76 receiver was used to record WAAS-corrected coordinates which were identical to the adjusted coordinates listed on the NGS datasheet.

~Rich in NEPA~

Note: An official recovery report will be submitted to NGS along with photos of the available evidence.

NGS Landmark/Intersection Station DANCING RIDGE FIRE TOWER
NGS Landmark/ Intersection Station DANCING RIDGE FIRE TOWER

GPSr at the center of the station landmark.
GPSr at the center of the station landmark.

Eyelevel view of one of the concrete footings.
Eyelevel view of one of the concrete footings.

Eyelevel view of another one of the footings.
Eyelevel view of another one of the footings.

Additional view of the remains of the fire tower.
Additional view of the remains of the fire tower.