High Knob Tower Burns
A fire lookout had been there since the 1930's.
The tower was perched atop High Knob, at an elevation of about 4,162 feet and, on a clear day, offered views of Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
In the 1930s, the Roosevelt-era Civilian Conservation Corps built the first fire lookout post on that same spot. It was the site Roosevelt chose to hold a dedication for the Jefferson National Forest in 1937.
Lois Boggs, a Clinch District worker, explained Tuesday that the current tower was constructed in the 1950s, then underwent a major accessibility overhaul in the 1990s. Forest officials still used it as a handy place to scan for puffs of smoke in forest lands that might indicate forest fires.
Just Friday, local Job Corps members spruced up the tower with a fresh coat of paint, Bush noted Tuesday.
When asked if the tower will be rebuilt, Bush said it’s far too soon to say.
“We’d sure like to, but that’ll come down the road as funds become available,” he said.(LINK)
The Tower was a popular place to take pictures, steal kisses, and pinch wool. The tower survived all these years with the only damage being people carving their name into the wooden structure. I think there was a circa 1980 Kilo inscription on the top level. Gone.....After all those years and the thousands of visitors some idiots decide to burn it down. That takes a special mind indeed.