New Hampshire Fire Towers
Smarts Mountain Tower

Smarts Mountain Tower
(Photo courtesy Iris Baird)


Town: Lyme
County: Grafton
Mountain or Hill:
Smarts Mountain
Height above sea level: 3240 FT
Tower Structure Height: 41'
Latitude: 43-49-55
Longitude: 72-02-01
First date of operation: 1915
Operating Agency: NH Forestry Sevice
Type: Steel Tower

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  • 1915 - 1973, standing.
  • The station was established in 1915 by the NH Forestry Commission. At various times the Dartmouth Outing Club made repairs, and to another tower to the east. Between 1932 and 1934 the Dartmouth Outing Club rebuilt the tower and cabin. The station was reestablished in 1939 with a 41' steel tower by International Derrick Co. Although it was proposed that the tower be taken down and reassembled for a display at the Eastern States Exposition in 1951, this didn't happen. In 1957 the station was reopened by act of the NH Legislature. It remained in service until 1980, when the site was transferred to the NH Department of Public Works and Highways. The cabin was transferred to DOC. In 1996 it was placed on the NHLR as US 157 NH 3, with cooperation from the White Mountain National Forest, and Dartmouth.
  • This may be the only NH fire tower that was preserved by legislative action.


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