State Department of Forestry / Colville National Forest 34N-42E-11
April 19, 1919: "Fire Warden John Welty states that the federal forest service, in conjunction with the state fire warden's department, contemplates establishing a fire lookout on Calispell peak, southeast of Colville. This peak is 6905 feet in height, and commands a view of the entire forested territory of Stevens and Pend Oreille counties. The requirement is made that some telephone connection be established with present systems, and Mr. Welty is looking into the matter of connecting with the Colville line to the Pend Oreille lakes, or with the line northeast from Chewelah, either one of which runs about 6 miles from the peak. The state and federal departments require cooperation from the settlers, mill men and timber owners. The timber owners of Pend Oreille county organized last summer, and have made arrangements to make a daily patrol over the timber of that county. It is now considered cheaper to prevent fires than to fight them." (The Colville Examiner)
1920: "A lookout was established in 1920 on Calispel Peak, which is located near the boundary between Pend Oreille and Stevens counties. A telephone line was erected from the lookout station to Locke, where it connects with county telephone system. On account of shortage of funds, a building was not constructed, but this lookout gave efficient service. The peak has an elevation of over 6,000 feet and affords a view overlooking a large area of both counties. It is planned to erect a lookout building on this peak next season, and also a telephone line connecting it with either Chewelah or Colville. Too much reliance should not be placed on the lookout as a means of reporting fires, as they are frequently enveloped in smoke during critical fire periods, and, besides, more depends upon the alertness and diligence of the watchman than upon the commanding view of the station and, furthermore, the greatest problem is the extinguishing of fires rather than detecting them." (1919-20 Annual Report of the Washington State Forester)
June 10, 1926: "Fire Warden Linder with a crew of men has just completed putting in a phone line from Calispel peak."
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - CALISPELL PID - TO0829 STATE/COUNTY- WA/STEVENS COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - CALISPELL PEAK (1992)
STATION RECOVERY (1933)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1933 (FGJ) ON THE HIGHEST POINT OF A PROMINENT PEAK KNOWN LOCALLY AS CALISPELL PEAK, JUST NORTHEAST OF A LOOKOUT HOUSE MAINTAINED BY THE STATE OF WASHINGTON. STATION IS A U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY STANDARD DISK IN OUTCROPPING BEDROCK.
TO REACH FROM THE MAIN TRAVELED HIGHWAY AT LOCKE, WASHINGTON, GO SOUTH TO THE FIRST GRAVELED ROAD IN A WESTERLY DIRECTION (RIGHT), GO 6.5 MILES, TURN LEFT AND GO 1.6 MILES, TURN LEFT AND GO 2.4 MILES, AT THIS POINT CONTINUE STRAIGHT AHEAD OVER CREEK BRIDGE AND GO 0.3 MILE TO THE END OF TRUCK TRAVEL. A WELL-CARED-FOR TRAIL, MAINTAINED BY THE STATE LEADS FROM HERE TO THE STATION. A PACK TRAIN CAN REACH THE STATION IN 2-1/2 HOURS.