Waltham Tower Site
US 42, MA 42

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 42, MA 42 (view other lookout sites in United States, Massachusetts)
Date Registered September 3, 2008
Nominated by Henry Isenberg
Location Prospect Hill
Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Coordinates N 42° 23.306' W 071° 15.223' (view using Google Maps)
N 42° 23' 18" W 071° 15' 13"
N 42.388430° W 071.253720°
Elevation 478 ft (146 m)


The original tower was 58'. It was built on Waltham city land and the communities of Waltham, Newton, Lexington, and Wellesley donated $900 each to fund the installation. In 1942, two-way radios were installed. In October of 1942, the tower cab burned due to a civillian aircraft spotter being careless with the tower stove. During the winter of 1942-43, the cab was rebuilt. In 1964, a new 68' steel tower (last one standing) was built. The new tower was surrounded by a chain link fence and had wire mesh over the windows. Usage of this tower was discontinued at the end of the 1977 fire season.


Change Basemap