The peaks of more than 2 dozen Adirondack mountains are currently adorned with historic fire towers, which serve as reminders of the early 20th century. Some of these relics are accessible to the public, but others are on private land or are too dangerous to climb. There were originally 57 towers throughout the Adirondack Park that were manned by individuals charged with using the 360-degree unobstructed view from the top of the tower to spot and report any forest fires that may have broken out. Over time, though, aircraft became the most popular way of locating fires and it grew too costly to man the towers. Many of them fell into disrepair and were torn down as a result.
Two more of those towers may be opened to the public soon, though, as groups are currently working on making upgrades to the St. Regis Mountain and Hurricane Mountain fire towers.