The Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower, standing guard over the Charles C. Deam Wilderness in Hoosier National Forest, was once a sentinel built to protect a fledgling forest from wildfire. Today, it stands as a tribute to its builders, the last lookout tower remaining on the Hoosier National Forest. It is 110 feet tall, made of steel, with a 7-foot square cab and 123 metal steps. The tower provides visitors a panoramic view of the Forest and Lake Monroe. In October 1990, Hickory Ridge Lookout was placed on the National Historic Lookout Register; it was the fourth lookout tower to be listed nationally, and the first in Indiana.
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