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Lookout Tower

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1930s. 1487 Anderson Hwy.
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

This tower behind the Cumberland Fire Station is one of many similar structures built in the 1930s to help protect Virginia's forested land from wildfires. The metal-truss tower with metal ladder stairs is approximately seventy-five feet tall and supports a viewing booth at the top with a lightning rod above for protection. The tower is no longer used as a fire lookout and now is a communications tower.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Lookout Tower", [Cumberland, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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