A new fundraising milestone

We have raised over $50,000 from individuals, families, local community organizations and businesses. As of November 1, 2021, we have raised $50,178 in donations. We have also raised money through the sale of our fire tower t-shirts and have received 3 grants totaling $6,250. We continue to work on raising the funds needed to make the Bramley Mountain Fire Tower a reality!

We still have a long way to go to raise the approximately $200,000 needed to restore and return the tower. We still need your contribution! Help us raise the tower – you can even make a donation using your smartphone through Venmo, PayPal, ApplePay, GooglePay or your credit card (click Support the Project or Smartphone Donating above, or here!)

Or send a check to FOBMFT, PO Box 63, Delhi, NY 13753

Working to turn this….

INTO THIS.

We’ve been asked why does it cost so much to return the tower to Bramley Mountain when we already have all the parts of the tower and they are in good shape? Good question!  Here are some of the things we need to pay for to restore and reconstruct the tower :

  • 12 to 14 cross brace pieces that have pack rust because of insufficient galvanizing at the time of the original construction need to be replaced
  • All tower components need to be picked up from the Clark Farm and brought to a facility to be sand blasted to remove the old paint and then hot dip galvanized to insure they will withstand the elements for decades to come. Of course, they then need to be transported back to Delhi.
  • New supporting footers need to be constructed for the tower
  • All bolts and fasteners will be replaced with new ones to insure strength and safety
  • Wooden stair treads and landings will be replaced with non-skid metal treads and landings, again for safety as well as for longevity
  • Safety fencing needs to be purchased for each flight of stairs
  • We also need to pay for labor and equipment to transport the tower components and other materials to the top of the mountain and to do the reconstruction work.

BACKGROUND

Fire Tower History
When one takes in the view of the Catskill forest from a fire tower in 2020, they see a heavily forested, lush, green and healthy landscape. That was not the case in the early 1900’s. At that time, the Catskill landscape consisted of farm buildings, homes and businesses that were built of wood and heated with wood. The logging business and the tanning industry were working in the forest, harvesting trees and bark on a daily basis. Communication systems were poor, with the telephone in its infancy. Transportation was still by foot, horse, and rail. Trains passed through the forests with coal sparks flying from their stacks and from the wheels on the rails. This scene was played out throughout New York State. read more.....

Bramley’s tower was closed at the end of 1970, and in 1975 the DEC sold the tower for $50 to a local dairy farmer, Pete Clark, of Delhi. Mr. Clark and his helpers took the tower down with great care, saving all parts and even coding many as to their placement. The Clarks hoped to put the tower up on a hill on their farm, but they were never able to accomplish this.

In 1997, a group of Delhi and Bovina residents formed the Bramley Mountain Fire Tower Club, in the hope of restoring the tower to Bramley Mountain. The group raised funds with the goal of purchasing the summit parcel and right-of-way on the old access road as the first steps in their project, but they were unable to come to an agreement with the parcel’s owner. In the end, the funds raised were donated instead to the restoration of the Mt. Utsayantha tower. read more ….

The Bramley Mountain Trail is one of the most popular hiking options in the western Catskills. It was designed and built by the Catskill Mountain Club, in partnership with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection.  Located on a NYCDEP parcel in the Towns of Delhi and Bovina, it totals about 4 miles in length.  The complete loop visits the 2817’ summit with its site of a former fire tower, a beautiful abandoned bluestone quarry, and the impressive cliffs and caves that lie between. read more ….

About Us

The Friends of Bramley Mountain Fire Tower

The newly formed Friends of the Bramley Mountain Fire Tower group held its first meeting on the evening of January 6th at the O’Connor Hospital in Delhi. The Friends were formed to organize the reconstruction of the fire tower that was decommissioned by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation in 1970 and removed in 1975. With the formation of the Friends group, the effort to raise funds and complete the resurrection of the tower has officially begun.

Among those agreeing to serve on the Friends’ board of directors are Ann Roberti, who will serve as president. Ann shepherded the project through the approval stages with Rick Roberts, who will serve as Vice-President. They are joined by Amy Beveridge, David DeForest, Wendell George, Jillienne LaFever, Laurie Rankin, John Sandman, Jeff Senterman and Doug Sluiter.

Read more about the Project Participants

Friends of Bramley Mountain Fire Tower are grateful to our Business Sponsors:

Platinum SponsorWayne Bank$10,000
   
Silver SponsorOutsource Consultants$2,500
   
Bronze SponsorSluiter Agency, Inc.$1,500
Bronze SponsorCapital District Physicians’ Health Plan$1,000
Bronze SponsorCommunity Bank$1,000
Bronze SponsorDelaware National Bank$1,000
Bronze SponsorDelhi Telephone Co.$1,000
Bronze SponsorMargaretville Telephone Co.$1,000
   

We are also thankful to have received donations from The Catskill Mountain Club, The Catskill 3500 Club The Delaware County Historical Society

We are proud to report we have received donations from 157 individuals/families and small businesses, mostly local, but also from Fire Tower supporters around the country.     


News

(This is the most recent news. Click the News Link in the menu bar to see the all the news about the project.)

Fire Towers, including Bramley Mountain Fire Tower featured in Kaatscast podcast

Check out this great Kaatscast podcast featuring Brett Barry doing an on-trail interview with FOBMFT board member Laurie Rankin. Besides talking about our project and its origins, Laurie gives a short history of New York State fire towers. Laurie is the daughter of Larry Bake who was the observer at the Balsam Lake Fire Tower, and …

Major Contribution made by Wayne Bank!

The Friends of Bramley Mountain Fire Tower (Friends) is excited to announce an important contribution from Wayne Bank. Lewis J. Critelli, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wayne Bank, has committed $10,000 to a sponsorship of The Bramley Mountain Fire Tower Restoration Project. “Wayne Bank is proud to support this valuable project, as the Bramley …

Contact

Send email inquiries to info@BramleyMountainFireTower.org

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