1929: "Soapstone Mountain in Somers was purchased by the State as part of the Soapstone state forest. A tower was erected there in the early summer of 1929 and opened for operation in the spring of 1930. This has one of the most beautiful as well as the most extensive views of any of the Connecticut towers. The combination of the fertile Connecticut river valley and wooded hills makes it unique for this region, and, in proportion to the ease of the climb, it has one of the finest views in New England." (Report of State Park and Forest Commission)
July 29, 1935: "Picnic tables are being set up near the lookout tower on Soapstone Mountain for the convenience of visitors to the State Forest. The lookout tower is 1100 feet above sea level and is part of the forest fire protection system." (Hartford Currant)
The original fire tower has been removed.
National Geodetic Survey
DESCRIBED BY CONNECTICUT GEODETIC SURVEY 1936 (CJT) ON SOAPSTONE MOUNTAIN, BY AIRLINE ABOUT 8.3 MILES NORTHEAST OF ROCKVILLE, 6.5 MILES WEST OF STAFFORD SPRINGS, ON PROPERTY OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT. THE POINT IS ON THE CONCRETE BASE OF THE FIRE TOWER ON THE SUMMIT. IT IS 5.5 FEET NORTH OF THE SOUTH EDGE OF THE BASE, 5.0 FEET WEST OF THE EAST EDGE, 8.5 FEET EAST OF THE WEST EDGE, AND 8.6 FEET SOUTH OF THE NORTH EDGE. THE FIRE TOWER IS KNOWN AS THE SOMERS FIRE TOWER. STATION IS STAMPED SOAPSTONE 1936.
TO REACH FROM THE JUNCTION OF STATE HIGHWAYS 20 AND 15 IN WEST STAFFORD, WHICH IS ABOUT 3 OR 4 MILES WEST OF STAFFORD SPRINGS, GO WEST ON STATE HIGHWAY 20 FOR 3.55 MILES TO A DIRT CROSS ROAD AT SIGN ON RIGHT SOMERS FIRE TOWER. TURN LEFT AND GO 1.7 MILES TO A SECOND CROSS ROAD. TURN RIGHT AND GO 0.85 MILE TO A PARKING SPACE NEAR FIRE TOWER AND STATION.