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Thursday, November 01, 2007

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.

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Anonymous Alice said ... (3:22 PM) : 

What a senseless act. I pray they catch who did it.


Blogger Cargosquid said ... (8:00 PM) : 

What alice said. And beat the crap out of them....


Blogger Losty said ... (11:41 PM) : 

I stole a kiss or two up there... I was looking forward to going back. So much for that. :(


Anonymous Dagni said ... (11:56 AM) : 

My husband and I had our first date up there, although it wasn't considered one at the time. Three years later we went back and he suprised me on bended knee with a ring. That tower was very special to us, and we hope to see it reconstructed some how.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:24 PM) : 

My husband and I had our first date at the tower also. He had never been to the tower so me being from High Knob on the Stone Mountain side I had to take him up and show him how wonderful it was. Our first date was on November 6, 2003 it was so beautiful the leaves was just so beautiful. I hope that whoever did such a horriable thing that it just eats at you till you cannot stand it have nightmare of what a horriable thing you did. Just think this was a landmark one day you could have taken you kids to see this and so on. Lets all work together to find the person that did this....


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:52 PM) : 

what does pinch wool mean?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:54 AM) : 

My family was up there two weeks before it burned. I am glad now that I had my camera with me.


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