Once located on top of Skyline Drive here in Reading, the Tower House was another popular attraction for the Reading area. Built in1890, it stood just a short distance away from the Summit Hotel. Here you can see the old Summit Hotel in the distance, with the Railroad that led up to them both. The Tower Hotel was also destroyed by Arson fire on April 24, 1923. What is strange about this is the Summit House was destroyed by fire just one day before! I’m sure that Arsonists set fire to both of them, but why remains a mystery to this day. They were never caught.
Built on the old foundation of the Tower Hotel now stands the Mt. Penn Fire Tower that was built in 1932. The Fire Tower was used as a look-out for mountain fires that surround the area. The orginial road is still used to this day.
The Fire Tower as it is today. The City does not take much care of this structure any longer. It used to be open to climb the steps to see the City of Reading, but now is closed because of being un-safe. The lights on it don’t work anymore, and the Dome is falling apart. The windows are broken and have never been replaced. It’s used as a radio, cell phone transmitter at this time.
Again, it’s a sorry thing to see that so much History here in my City is going to waste. As with much of the History here, it also will fall apart.
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