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Black Butte Lookout

US 91, Oregon 12

Deschutes National Forest
Jefferson County, Oregon

Elevation:  6360'
Coordinates:  N44.399835 W121.636512
Administrative Unit:  U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators:  Sisters Ranger District and Friends of Black Butte Lookout

Date Registered:  9 /10/1994

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There is an extraordinary amount of fire lookout history atop Black Butte within the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon. The original 0-6 cupola lookout was built in 1922 and is still in use in 1994. In 1934 a 82 wooden tower with 7x7 cab was constructed for better visibility. The 1934 tower structure collapsed in the winter of 2002....due to heavy ice and snow loads during a winter storm. In 1980 a new ground quarters cabin was built and in 1994 work began on a new 65 tower with 10x 10 cab. Black Butte is a scenic and popular hiking destination and is still staffed for fire detection.

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