|Pinnacle Knob Fire Tower|
In the heavily forested areas of Kentucky. Wildfires became, and still are, a problem during dry springs and especially the dry fall season with the continuous build up of falling leaf material coupled with the usually dry weather.
At one time there were as many as 165 fire towers dispersed across the state according to the records.
Most were built in the 1930's and have since been removed or fell into disrepair. They served our state well up until the use of airplanes to provide spotter activities replaced the need for the fire towers.
|View east from tower in October|
|Cumberland Falls Park Naturalist, Bret Smitley, demonstrates the alidade|
|A "catwalk" completely surrounds the 14' X 14" living quarters|
I read that Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, the land on which the tower is located, opens the tower for visitors and provides on site interpretive information one day each month during the summer season. Park Naturalist, Bret Smitley was on hand this visit to offer great explanations of the use of the equipment and life in the fire tower during fire season. It is a gorgeous view and especially breathtaking on this October day. I should mention the mile hike to the tower does have some steep climbing to the top of the rock pinnacle the tower is perched upon. The tower is 40 feet high requiring climbing a series of metal steps to reach the top and the fantastic view of the area including the river below the Cumberland Falls.
|Visitors descend the steps of the 40 ' high structure|
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