I’m a huge fan of fire lookout towers, both real and imagined. Visiting a fire tower is an exercise in solitude, and the experience always offers the chance for quiet moments of introspection. I find standing inside a 14-foot by 14-foot building that offers sweeping 360° views of the entire forest below it for miles in any direction to be very relaxing.
My favorite lookout tower (probably because it’s the first I ever visited) is the one at
I’ve visited the tower at
My appreciation of lookout towers extends to my home-bound leisure time pursuits as well. I thoroughly enjoyed
Fire Lookout Tower Model Kit
All this love for these iconic buildings means I’m very keen on the
Once assembled, this miniature tower stands 15 inches tall and the building is 6 inches square. The completed model really looks like a tiny version of a fire lookout tower you’d find somewhere in the wilderness. The attention to detail is remarkable—if you look closely, you can see there’s an Osbourne Fire Finder inside the building.
If you’re model-inclined, the kit is relatively easy to build—all you need is a tube of Elmer’s glue, which one of your kids probably has stashed in a craft box somewhere in your house.
The Fire Lookout Tower Model Kit is available on