July 29, 2009

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Beacon Fire Tower placed in historic register

Tower now officially 'historic'

Saland, left, accepts thanks from Rocco

BEACON - Senator Stephen Saland and a number of local officials gathered Tuesday at Mt. Beacon Gateway Park to honor the Mount Beacon Fire Tower as a noteworthy part of the region’s history.

The Mount Beacon Fire Observation Tower is a 60 foot high steel tower on the summit of South Beacon Mountain. As of 2009, the Fire Tower has been placed on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places as well as the National Historic Lookout Register.

Dave Rocco of the Fire Tower Restoration Committee explained that what officials gathered to celebrate and bring attention to was in fact, “the centennial anniversary of fire towers in New York State.”

Rocco then spoke of restoration plans for the Mt. Beacon Inclined Railway that would not only allow a greater degree of access to the summit of Mt. Beacon but would itself serve as a piece of history. The entire project is being spearheaded by the Mount Beacon Incline Railway Society that has plans to restore the Mount Beacon summit by making it a scenic, historic, and recreational resource.

“This project is a continuum of a renaissance that Beacon has experienced over the course of the last 15 to 20 years,” said Senator Stephen Saland.

“It has experienced what I have described time and again as a renaissance, but it just continues to build on its successes and this is part of an additional success,” he said.

Saland noted that this Mt. Beacon restoration project not only adds to the quality of life for the people of Beacon but, “is also part of driving dollars to the region by way of tourism.”

Assemblyman Frank Skartados congratulated the City and the Fire Tower restoration. “This majestic tower that has stood guard over Beacon and the Hudson Valley deserved the recognition it received today.”


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