With wartime concerns of the early 1940’s, the US army set up the country’s first radar tower on the summit of Mt. Agamenticus. Because of the mountain’s unique height and proximity to the ocean, it also served as a strategic area to spot foreign warships and submarines. An auto road was built to the summit, which was cleared of its forests, in order to supply the 25 men that were stationed here. Barracks were also constructed on the summit to house the 551st Signal Battalion. A viewing deck on the summit now covers the four footings that once supported the radar tower.
Mt. A’s outpost burned down in the winter of 1944, the army dismantled what was left. The United States Forest Service soon constructed Mt. A’s second fire lookout tower at the summit as part of a massive, nation wide effort to thwart wild fires (the first fire tower was built in 1918 and stood close to what is now the summit parking lot). In 1981 this fire tower was replaced by a new facility, which was delivered via helicopter. The tower is still in operation today, although it is not open to the public. It is owned by the State of Maine and run by volunteers through the York Fire Department.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 February 2013 23:58