It is my understanding that New York City had some fire watch towers in the late 18th to mid 19th centuries where a watchman would look for signs of a fire breaking out in the city and ring a bell to summon the fire companies. In later years I think they gave up on the idea of full time watchmen but kept the bell towers for alerting the firemen. I believe that the High Bridge water tower on the north end of Manhattan island may have served this purpose at one time.
I have the same questions as David, Susan. Many fire towers still exist, even though dormant, in New York State which you could get original photos of as you need. Simply Google "New York State Fire... more
NYC fire towers Josiah Wagener ,Fri Aug 29 10:19
Hi, I am specifically looking for a wooden type tower that might have been around in the 1800's. some of the early 1900's towers might have been wooden and might work, it just depends. The size of... more
Hi, sorry, I am looking for a Fire Watch tower or Lookout tower. Not a specific tower so much as one that is from the time period of the late 1800's or early 1900's. it needs to be wooden and not... more
My first impression of the question was a fire tower, meaning fire apparatus. A fire tower could also be an elevating tower with a fire nozzle on the end to reach high areas and roofs. Most were... more