The historic public opening of the Pinnacle Knob Firetower was September 27, 2008.
Danny Blevins from The Forest Fire Lookout Association presented Cumberland Falls State Park Naturalist, Bret Smitley with a historial marker and certificate. The 14x14 cabin has been restored to its original state, complete with wood stove and alidade, a device for triangulating the location of a fire. The tower is 40 feet in height, and at an elevation of 1300 feet. The tower was originally constructed in 1937 by the U.S. Forest Service. It replaced a wooden tower built by the Civil Conservation Corp, that was previously located near the
. Reconstruction of the tower began in the Spring of 2008. Dryland Bridge
I had the pleasure of working at the
and giving tours at the park for three seasons from 2007-2009. This historic event was one of the highlights of those years. As I used to say when guiding tours, “ Visitors Center is one of the most unique places on planet earth.” Cumberland Falls
How would you like to begin your marriage in a 14x14 cabin forty feet in the air? That’s what the first firewatcher did!
Photos by Valerie J. Thompson
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