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Slash Ridge fire lookout tower gets spruced up


Erik Gantt

Retired carpenter Tom VanBeek of Denmark, Wisc. reglazes window panes on the Slash Ridge fire tower at the Grand Encampment Museum.

During a stormy week in mid-August, volunteers from Wisconsin and Forest Service Heritage Program Leader Terri Liestman refurbished the Slash Ridge fire lookout on the grounds of the Grand Encampment Museum (GEM).

The Slash Ridge fire lookout was built in the mid-1920s and was located about five miles west of Ryan Park before it was move the GEM.

Liestman said the guard station, the fire tower and other pieces of equipment are still owned by the Forest Service and GEM is a repository for those buildings and items. Tours are given of the fire tower which was in need of repair for that practi...

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