Interested in fire towers?
Or lookout towers?
From the 1930s through the 1970s, these towers were an integral part of the landscape in the Missouri Ozarks, as they were staffed to watch for rural fires.
The School Mom’s Museum & Gallery, located in the old Seymour Public Library building on West Market Street, now has a copy of the book “Remembering Missouri Lookout Towers: A Place Above The Trees” by Bob Frakes.
It would be interesting to know how many people in the area remember the tower on Highway P (actually on “Short P”) or climbed to its top.
This fire tower was simply named the “Seymour Tower” by local residents and “Highmount” by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
This was the tallest fire tower in the state, according to Frakes’ book.
The book is available for anyone to look at or sit and read, as the museum is open every Friday and Saturday.
Museum officials from the Seymour Historical Committee also have information where Frakes’ book can be purchased.
Also available at the local museum is Patti Penny’s new book, titled “A Vision Fulfilled,” which can be bought as a paperback or hardback.
Penny, a Seymour native who founded the national company, Penmac, will have a display and book signing at the museum sometime in the near future.
The museum’s current display is about the town of Waldo with its history and photographs, as well as information on Civil War activity in the community