The Camdenton Lookout is a 60-foot tower built in 1942. It is also on the National Historic Lookout Register. Photo by Chris Hemsoth

The Missouri Lookout Towers That Helped Fight Forest Fires

Many of the fire towers are being closed, removed, and relocated, so this is a good time to find one to climb for the best views in the state.


St. Louis Firemen

January 27, 1810

St. Louis officially organized citizens into fire companies. All able-bodied men were required to keep two sturdy buckets on hand and be ready to serve.