Friday, July 31, 2015

Deer Town tower, c.1973

This photograph showing the Deer Town tower at Deer Town dates to 1973. I believe north is at the top of the photo.

Aerial view, Deer Park attraction Park Rapids 1973
Minnesota Historical Society, by permission

Several towers were erected during the 1960s. The Deer Town location was only about 10 miles from the Dorset tower which was erected around 1966. Checking with the DNR hasn't produced information about the origin of the tower yet.

USGS 1969

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Updated tower list

Check this page for a more current file.

Latest update (Sept 2015) of the tower book can be seen or downloaded here.

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Deer Town Tower...saving private towers

The Deer Town tower (see additional information) stood at the Deer Town tourist attraction near Park Rapids until 2006 when the park closed. The tower was purchased by a private party and re-erected several miles to the north. Another saving private towers tower, the story can be seen and heard in a video available here:

 This video is one of several Dave Quam has made about Minnesota fire towers.  Dave's videos are available here -

The tower was apparently erected at Deer Town around 1963, purchased and moved by the present owner in 2006. Final assembly was completed a few years ago. Travelers can see the tower from the highway south of Itasca State Park.

I'll post a 1973 aerial view of the tower at Deer Town soon.