Built in 1935, this tower was once part of a 119-tower network in Wisconsin that was used to detect fires in the 20th century. But as technology and planes replaced human fire spotters, the towers fell out of use. In 2015, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources began decommissioning the state’s remaining 93 towers since they were too expensive to maintain and weren’t needed anymore.
For towers that weren’t on state land, the DNR first offered them to the landowners, then auctioned the remainder for dismantling.
FOTBS held multiple fundraisers to purchase the land to ensure that it stays preserved and available to the public for open climb events and as a private rental for a unique and memorable experience. Cabin rentals are available during summer season that provide an exhilarating and rewarding experience for those that are brave enough to climb it!
Open climb dates for 2022 are published here on the following schedule.