Simpson Logging Co. > Department of Natural Resources 21N-7W-20
Activated: August 9, 1942. Olympia Filter Center.
May 1, 1944: The Report of Aircraft Warning Service stations of this date shows this was a private station operated for fire detection by the Simpson Logging Company and to be in cooperation with the State of Washington. This station was known as 'Baker 9-1' and at end of service to be retained by the owners for continued use in fire detection.
September 22, 1951: "Two north county lookout stations of the state division of forestry have been closed for the season during the past few days, the local division headquarters has reported. One of the lookouts, Drake lookout, about 20 miles north of Montesano, was closed Sunday when Miss Rose Moore, Vashon, left for college." (The Daily Chronicle)
September 18, 1952: "The Montesano office of the division of forestry Tuesday announced that it has closed three lookouts for the rest of the season. One of the three was Drake, closed on September 8. They were closed because at this time of year the ocean fog hangs over, making them useless. The lookout was tended by Betty Kuhnje, of Shelton." (The Daily Chronicle)
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - DRAKE RESET PID - SY1826 STATE/COUNTY- WA/GRAYS HARBOR COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - GRISDALE (1990)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1964 (IRR) THE STATION MARK WAS FOUND COMPLETELY OUT OF THE GROUND. THE UNDERGROUND MARK WAS FOUND ABOUT 1 FOOT UNDERGROUND. REFERENCE MARK NO. 1 WAS FOUND IN GOOD CONDITION AND REFERENCE MARK NO. 2 WAS FOUND PUSHED OVER. THE LOOKOUT TOWER HAS BEEN REMOVED. THE UNDERGROUND MARK WAS LOWERED TO ABOUT 28 INCHES UNDERGROUND AND A NEW SURFACE MARK WAS SET. REFERENCE MARK NO. 3 WAS ESTABLISHED.
TO REACH FROM THE TRAFFIC LIGHT AT THE INTERSECTION OF MAIN AND PIONEER STREETS IN MONTESANO, GO WEST ON U.S. HIGHWAY 410 (PIONEER ST) FOR 1.1 MILES TO A BLACKTOP SIDE ROAD RIGHT, TURN RIGHT AND GO NORTHERLY 7.3 MILES TO A FORK, KEEP LEFT FORK, GO 1.5 MILES TO A FORK, KEEP RIGHT FORK GO 5.5 MILES TO A BRIDGE, CONTINUE NORTHERLY 2.9 MILES TO THE END OF THE BLACKTOP AND A SIGN ON THE RIGHT READING END OF COUNTY ROAD. CONTINUE NORTHERLY ON GRAVEL ROAD 1.75 MILE TO A GRAVEL ROAD RIGHT AND SIGN POINTING TO SHELTON, CONTINUE STRAIGHT AHEAD NORTHERLY 2.6 MILES TO TWO SIDE ROADS RIGHT AND ONE LEFT, CONTINUE STRAIGHT AHEAD NORTHERLY 1.4 MILES TO A SIDE ROAD RIGHT AND A TRACK ROAD LEFT, TURN RIGHT, PASS THROUGH A GATE (LOCKED IN FIRE SEASON, KEY MAY BE OBTAINED FROM SIMPSON LOGGING CO, HOQUIAM, OR STATE DEPT. OF NATURAL RESOURCES) GO 0.7 MILE TO A FORK, KEEP RIGHT FORK 0.25 MILE TO RAILROAD TRACK, CROSS TRACK AND FOLLOW THE MAIN TRAVELED ROAD 5.0 MILES TO THE END OF THE ROAD IN A CLEARING ON THE SUMMIT OF THE MOUNTAIN AND THE STATION.