AlmatowerwasneverstaffedaccordingtothetowerreportsintheConservationReportstotheLegislature,which ended on 1965. A lot of towers that were built around 1950 were never properly funded. They were staffed sporadicallyandonlyduringtimesofhighfiredangerbyotherLandsandforestspersonnel.
Withtheadventofaerialdetection,thetowerwas“officially”closedattheendofthe1971seasonandlateroffered for sale at public auction in 1973. (JJE). The high bidder was the landowner on whose land the tower stood. The tower still remains on lands now owned by Dennis Durham and is in “great shape” as reported by Paul Laskey during a recent visit in 2002.(PL)
This section courtesy: Paul Hartmann
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - ALMA LOOKOUT TOWER PID - NC0972 STATE/COUNTY- NY/ALLEGANY COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - ALLENTOWN (1976)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1964 (CFK) THE STATION IS THE CENTER OF THE TOP OF THE TOWER LOCATED NEAR THE HIGHEST POINT OF ALMA HILL. IT IS ABOUT 3-1/2 MILES NORTHEAST OF THE VILLAGE OF ALMA, 3-1/2 MILES SOUTHEAST OF ALLENTOWN, AND 6-1/4 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF WELLSVILLE. IT IS AN ABANDONED, FOUR-LEGGED SELF-SUPPORTED STEEL TOWER WITHOUT AN OBSERVATION CABIN AT THE TOP. ITS OVERALL HEIGHT IS APPROXIMATELY 80 FEET.
TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE POST OFFICE IN THE VILLAGE OF ALMA, GO EAST ON THE PAVED ROAD FOR 0.1 MILE TO A SIDE ROAD LEFT. CONTINUE STRAIGHT AHEAD (E) FOR 0.3 MILE TO ANOTHER SIDE ROAD LEFT (ALMA HILL ROAD). TURN LEFT ON ALMA HILL ROAD AND GO NORTH AND EAST FOR 4.0 MILES TO A TRACK ROAD LEFT. TURN LEFT AND GO WEST FOR 0.1 MILE TO AN OIL WELL CABLE. CONTINUE WEST AND NORTH ON THE MTR FOR 0.15 MILE TO THE STATION.
STATION RECOVERY (2003)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US POWER SQUADRON 2003 (SG) SINCE 1964 STATION DESCRIPTION, AN OBSERVATION CABIN WAS ADDED TO THE TOWER.