National Geographic : 1938 Jun
© National Geographic Society Dufaycolor Photograph byHarrison Howell Walker ON THE BALD TOP OF WHITEFACE, EYES OF THE STATE FOREST SERVICE SEARCH FOR TELLTALE SMOKE Early each morning from April to November a forest fire observer climbs to his watch in the wind-swept tower. While hescans thevalleys or munches his lunch, he good-naturedly tries to answer the questions of hundreds of visitors. To the right ofthe tower thelong, skyward-pointing derrick arm shows where an elevator shaft was being driven straight down through the solid granite rock to connect with thenew Whiteface Mountain Memorial Highway. This summer "motor climbers" may conquer the peak without having struggled an upward step.