12/25/12 189 W, 2 I - + 4 - 6 Not Pretty, But Still Standing

Found via firehouse.com, here's a Fayetteville Observer story from Sunday about the city's old training tower. The fire department hasn't used the thing in about five years. The city deeded the property to the neighboring Cape Fear Botanical Gardens in July. The present problem is that the tower is more eyesore than history treasure. As the story notes, the four-story structure was built in 1952 as part of Pope Park. Demolition is planned, but that will take money and fundraising is probably three years away.

Next question, was other old training towers are still standing in our state? Charlotte's (1938) and Durham's (1927-28) come to mind. The latter is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Greensville's (1943?) was still there at last check, beside old Station 2. They're shown left to right, below. Thinking about, aren't there brick towers still used in Durham (second location) and Greensboro? Is there one still standing in Winston-Salem? Raleigh's is gone, Wilmington's original tower (first in the state, no?) is gone.

Rocky Mount’s was still standing about 18 months ago.
Real Firefighter - 12/25/12 - 18:35

I know Wilmington still has a old tower behind the football stadium off Carolina beach rd. Not sure if its the original but its old!
Robert - 12/25/12 - 21:32

Well if you do get down this way come on over the Whiteville Fire dept.and see us. Always welcome in our house!
Robert - 12/26/12 - 21:55

I know at Old Goldsboro St. 1 on Ash Street downtown used to have a tower connected to the building, I know you may have a picture of it Mike but the building was sold and someone has really fixed it up.
car3550 - 12/28/12 - 17:08

Charlotte’s tower is still standing and the Palmer Building is still in use by Local 660.
David - 01/02/13 - 09:30

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