Fire Tower Presentation at Delhi Library October 4th
Marty Podskoch, the author of The Fire Towers of Catskills: Their History and Lore, will give a presentation at the Cannon Free Library in Delhi on Tuesday, October 4th at 6:00 PM.
Podskoch has done extensive research on the history of all 23 fire towers in and near the Catskills, including the Bramley Mountain Fire Tower which we are in the process restoring. His work focuses on the compelling personal stories of the observers and rangers who worked tirelessly to protect the Catskill Forests from being devastated by fires.
This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, click the link here.
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.