Marty Podskoch, a retired reading teacher from Delhi and now living in Colchester, CT, became interested in fire towers after climbing Hunter Mountain in the fall of 1987 where he met an old observer and Podskoch wanted to find out more information about the history and lore of the fire towers. Purple Mountain Press then asked him to write about the history of the Catskill fire towers and the restoration project that was occurring in the Catskills.
After interviewing hundreds of observers, rangers and their families, he was able to gather their stories and pictures of the 23 Catskill fire towers. In 2000 his first book, Fire Towers of the Catskill: Their History and Lore, was published by Purple Mountain Press. In 2003 his second book, Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore, the Southern Districts, was also published by Purple Mountain Press. It describes the 32 fire towers in the southern Adirondacks. Marty’s next book, Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore, the Northern Districts (2005), documented the 25 fire towers in the northern Adirondacks.
His latest books, Adirondack Stories: Historical Sketches (2007) and Adirondack Stories II: 101 More Historical Sketches (2009), contains a few more fire tower stories that are illustrated by Sam Glanzman and can bee seen at this web site.
All of these books are now published and sold by Podskoch Press.