August 1927: "Barren, emergency lookout-fireman, had returned one evening from putting out a fire on the head of Bridge Creek. It was 8:30 p.m. and he started to take off his wet shoes preparatory to rolling in for the night. Lightning was striking viciously all about the peak, and thunder was crashing incessantly. Barren awoke some time during the night with his head and feet throbbing like fire. He was lying on his bed, his shoes were partly unlaced, and his recollections of the interlude zero. Upon looking at his watch he found it had stopped at 8:30 p.m. He hasn"t much idea how long he laid out. Barren says his watch performs quite erratically since the storm. An hour more or less means very little to its mechanical intelligence. But Barren himself is still on the job. H.T. Phelps" (Six Twenty-Six)
LITTLE BUCK MOUNTAIN
National Forest - 33N-23E-2
National Forest - 33N-21E-34
August 2010 - Creative Commons, Curt Smith
2003 - Tammy McLeod photo
November 1922: "By planning the best use of temporary men's time it was possible to construct a standard lookout tower on the top of a good log cabin on Lookout Mountain. Another window will be added to the cabin and it will then have a window on each side and end. The tower is standard and affords an excellent view for the lookout. The approximate cost of material,m packing, and construction is $165.00. The project was financed from a balance on the allotment for a standard house on Muckamuck Mountain. We found that the material list for a standard house is about one bunch of shingles short and that the roofing paper must be very carefully laid out if it will cover the surface required." (Six Twenty-Six)
August 1925: "Here is chronicled one instance where a burning pipe-heel did cause a fire. A sheepherder on Buttermilk Creek went into a willow thicket to cut a pole. While running around in the thicket he knocked his pipe from his mouth, spilling the burning tobacco. This was about 10 a.m. Beals, on Lookout Mountain, reported a fire between the forks of Buttermilk. When Frank Gray's trail crew arrived 1 1/4 hours later, they found an 8-acre fire. The sheepherder admitted having been the cause of it. Appropriate law enforcement action was taken. Prompt action by Gray's trail crew, in telephone communication with ranger and dispatcher, kept this from being a nasty C fire. H.P." (Six Twenty-Six)
National Forest - 33N-22E-32
National Forest - 36N-17E-7
1945: An L-5, 10x10 ground cabin was constructed.
1954: The lookout was abandoned.
September 14, 2013: A group of volunteers spent the day working on the restoration of the lookout. Included in the accomplishments were shoring up the foundation, leveling the floor and installing a new shingle roof. More to be done later.
National Forest - 34N-19E-23
National Forest - 35N-19E-35
National Forest - 40N-18E-5
2003 - Tammy McLeod photo
2003 - Tammy McLeod photo
December 1930: "The lookout was of log construction, built 14x14 with a 6x6 dog house on top." (Six Twenty-Six)
October 27, 1937: "When the last lonely forest fire lookouts climb down from their isolated vantage points and haul down the flag of the land over which they have kept summer vigil there will be one exception. A.C. Mattison of Okanogan, Wash., holds the distinction of being the only United States forest service lookout posted on foreign soil. He is lookout at monument 83 on the Canadian boundary of the Chelan national forest. The station was built across the boundary line in Canada under special privilege granted by the British king. Mattison looks out upon a grand and inspiring view from his lonely perch. The largest primitive area in the north Pacific region, the north Cascade primitive area, lies just to the south. To the north is the Canadian landscape, which is similarly rich in rugged and spectacular beauty. Deer near Mattison's station became so friendly this season that he was able to touch them and one large buck actually licked his face, he reported to regional headquarters here. The Canadian government requested that the American flag not be flown from Mattison's lookout station, a request that was complied with. However, Mattison asked for a British flag, but failed to receive it so a 125-foot flagpole was erected in front of the lookout house which is several feet from the international boundary on the American side and the Stars and Stripes fluttered from the top throughout the season." (The Oregonian)
October 1922: "A standard house was built on Muckamuck Mountain." (Six Twenty-Six)
October 1924: "Bert Julian, lookout on Muckamuck, picks up wireless messages on his radio set, from as far east as Annapolis and Cavite, P.I. to the west." (Six Twenty-Six)
NORTH CREEK BUTTE
Okanogan National Forest - 35N-18E-25
Okanogan National Forest - 38N-22E-34
OKANOGAN POST OFFICE
Okanogan National Forest - 33N-26E-17
National Forest - 36N-23E-28
Colville Indian Reservation - 34N-28E-16
1935: A lookout cabin was constructed using Civilian Conservation Corps labor.
November 7, 1960: "This lookout consists of a wooden cabin on 4-foot concrete foundation wall located on solid rock at the 5,749 ft. level. Available area on which the cabin sits is approximately 18' x 18'. At the same site are located a television reflector station and Border Patrol building which obstruct view from the lookout in one direction. The lookout is 11 miles from the Omak highway; the access road is very narrow, steep and rough. Site is subject to very strong winds. Electric service is available. Water is about 1000 feet distant and must be carried up a very steep cliff. The cabin was built in 1935 by the CCC and is in poor condition. The structure has been attacked by extremes of weather for twenty-five years; the wood is cracked and brittle, and worthwhile repairs are out of the question. It is proposed that a new lookout-cabin be constructed fifteen feet higher, thereby attaining unobstructed view. Structure to be anchored in the rock and guyed. Windows should be vertically pivoted with tinted glass panes for maximum visibility." (Inspection Report)