Firetower Road offers quiet Sunday morning

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 4, 2000

With a name like Firetower Road, a visitor would expect a little more activity than can be found on the South Adams County road on a sleepy Sunday morning.

The Democrat’s Dart soared down U.S. 61 South and landed squarely on Firetower Road this week.

With the sun beginning to steadily warm up the roadway and the air, an occasional car whizzes past momentarily breaking the silence.

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Despite the road’s name, no firefighters, nor people for that matter, could be found.

In fact the only living things stirring along the roadway were a few cows casually chewing on the grass in the shade of some trees and a white dog, who found the best spot for snoozing was right in the middle of the road.

The road gets its name from an antiquated fire tower — once used as a high perch lookout for forestry service personnel. They used the tower to help spot forest fires and potential fire hazards.

&uot;It’s been there as long as I’ve been here,&uot; said Adams County Fire Coordinator George Souderes. &uot;And I’ve been here all my life.&uot;

Souderes said he thought the firetower wasn’t used much anymore — if at all.

&uot;It used to be a pretty busy place there at one time,&uot; he said. &uot;I haven’t heard of them using it lately.&uot;

The Dart is a weekly feature in which

a reporter throws a dart at a map and finds a story wherever it lands.