Blue Anchor Fire Tower
Rt. 561 (near Rt. 73)
Blue Anchor, New Jersey
This site is about my adventures and a little history on some sites I get to see. If you have followed me on this journey, you may have read how I got stuck in the Piney Hollow area ages ago. We were on the search for the true blue hole near the old Inskeep/Inskip grounds in Winslow. It was in the middle of the summer and it had not rained for some time. It made the sand extra, extra soft, and well, Yummy got stuck in the sand. We had to call the police since our wheel was almost covered in sand and was just making our situation worse, the more and more we tried to get ourselves out.
An old dispatcher, from the police department, heard our call on his radio and left a party to rescue us with his jeep from the sand. The police were unable to help us and they knew if anyone could help get us out, this guy could. This is a man who puts others ahead of him and no longer worked for the department. A good Samaritan that is hard to find these days.
Needless to say, we never have gotten stuck in the sand again and learned our lesson. However, in my travels, I have met such great people of South Jersey and he definitely deserves an honorable mention. I feel truly blessed to be able to do this exploring and I have met some fantastic people along the way!
The man who rescued us was raised at Lemon Hill Mansion in Philadelphia. I received a tour of Lemon Hill Mansion a few years back from his beautiful mother (I wrote about it here on Yummygal). It holds such great history from our area.
I’ll cut to the chase! This good Samaritan’s name is Quincy Jones. Yep, just like the famous producer’s name. I have run into him a few times ever since our occurrence, just by chance. He also works for the NJ Forest Fire Service and is a huge asset to our state.
He is truly a man of many talents. He was once the captain for, The Spirit of Philadelphia, the cruise ship that runs along the Delaware River. He also puts his life on the line everyday to rescue stranded boats in the Atlantic Ocean and captains for a major whale-watching company out of Cape May. I’ve also seen him traveling all over the country putting out deadly forest fires.
Quincy invited me out to the fire tower in Blue Anchor on a day he was stationed there. If someone is on duty, you can climb up to the top of the tower, only if you dare. I am frightened of heights!
It’s an interesting way to see how we watch for fires. Plus, get a nice description of what these guys do.
According to records, this fire tower was built in 1932 and is over 152′ tall. This was not the original structure. MORE info can be found on this site at http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/fire/fire_towers-div-c.htm.
Go and check out the Blue Anchor Fire Tower for an incredible view. Maybe you’ll run into Quincy, like I always seem to do! The view is spectacular!
Please be aware that if it is locked, you are not permitted to climb up!
Until our next adventure, my friends!