Indiana park’s fire tower reopens decades after its closure

November 3, 2019 GMT

SPENCER, Ind. (AP) — A fire tower that commands spectacular views of a southern Indiana forest has reopened decades after it was shuttered.

The 86-foot-tall (26.2-meter-tall) tower in McCormick’s Creek State Park was closed 30 years ago after being judged unsafe. But it reopened to climbers Wednesday following a renovation paid for by park supporters who raised more than $100,000.

Visitors can now hike to the tower and climb 105 steps to an enclosed cab to take in the impressive forest views.

The Herald-Times reports that the tower was built in 1935 in the park near the town of Spencer by members of the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps.

The tower is located about 15 miles (24 kilometers) northwest of Bloomington. It’s one of 12 fire towers still standing in Indiana’s state parks and forests.


Information from: The Herald Times, http://www.heraldtimesonline.com