New Hampshire Fire Towers
Kearsarge (South) Tower

Kearsarge South Tower
(Photo courtesy Iris Baird)


Town: Warner
County: Merrimack
Mountain or Hill: Mount Kearsarge
Height above sea level: 2937 FT
Tower Structure Height: 27'
Latitude: 43-23-06
Longitude: 71-51-36
First date of operation: 1913
Operating Agency: NH Forestry Service
Type: Steel Tower

Other Photos

Kearsarge South Tower Interior in 1960
(Photo courtesy Jack Kelley)

Kearsarge South Tower in 1942
(Photo courtesy Jack Kelley)

Kearsarge South Tower in 1929
(Photo courtesy Jack Kelley)

Kearsarge South Tower sign in 1929
(Photo courtesy Jack Kelley)

Smoke view in 1913
(Photo courtesy Jack Kelley)


  • 1913-present
  • Equipped in 1913 by the NH Forestry Commission, originally with a ground stand supporting the panorama map. There had been a summer home and observatory on the summit earlier. In 1924 a 27' steel tower was built. There were repairs over the years, and in 1953-1954 the watchman built a larger cab on the tower to accommodate visitors. The station remains in service.
  • The name Kearsarge is applied to both the Warner mountain and the one in Chatham. There has been a great deal of local controversy as to which is the "real" Kearsarge.


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