231, Idaho 17
Valley County, Idaho
Coordinates: N44.44222 W115.86956
Administrative Unit: Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association, Inc.
Cooperators: Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association, Inc. and
Boise National Forest
Date Registered: 8 /15/1997
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Mountain Lookout is the first of the unique Idaho log house lookouts to be
listed in the NHLR. Very few remain in existence. The first was a two-story
18’ x 18’ hip-roof structure built in 1914 by the Southern Idaho Timber
Protective Association. It was replaced in the 1930s by a similar 20’x20’ log
house lookout by a CCC crew under the direction of two Finnish carpenters. The
lookout was staffed through 1995, when it was decommissioned. It is located
on the Boise National Forest.
A dry lightening storm moved across the area in late June/early July, 2002
and started a 5 acre fire on the east side of the lookout, and strong winds
carried small bits of flaming material uphill toward the lookout, which
caught fire and burnt down before help arrived. The lookout was in the
final stages of restoration by a preservation group when the fire occurred.
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