259, Oregon 30
Winema National Forest
Klamath County, Oregon
Coordinates: N42.63154 W121.559273
Administrative Unit: U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators: Chiloquin Ranger District
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Calimus Butte has been active each summer since 1931, first by fire guards
of the Klamath Tribe and then by the Winema National Forest after it was
established in 1961. Constructed in 1930, it was a hub of reservation fire
activity by 1932 with four crank-type phone lines converging on the lookout.
Prior to that, in 1922, a guard cabin was constructed a couple hundred feet
north of the summit, this being the hub. The Klamath Indian Agency
operated the lookout until about two years prior to the Termination act of
1961.The lookouts on the reservation were operated by the Klamath District
of the Oregon Department of Forestry. A large portion of forest was retained
by the tribes, this known as the Indian Forest. Calimus was located on this
forest and was until the mid-70;s was an Oregon Dept. of Forestry lookout.
When the forest was sold to the Government in the mid-70's it became part of
the Winema N.F. It is one of only eight cupola lookouts standing in Oregon
and one of three still staffed.
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