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AMERICAN RESOURCES, Inc., doing business
as the American Resources Group

374
Maple Ave. E., Ste. 310, Vienna, VA 22180
Phone: 703-255-2700   Fax: 1-800-808-0160
info@lookouts.us

Firetower Definitions

D-6 cupola: The first U.S. Forest Service standard, the prototype constructed on Mount Hood in 1915. This was a 12'x12' frame house with windows on all sides and a glassed-in second story.

D-1 cupola: First constructed in 1922, having a 14'x14'log cabin with framed glass cupola.

R-3 log cabin with cupola: Had hand-hewn dovetail-tenon notched corners.

L-4 cabs: 14'x14' frame cabs were made to live in and could be placed atop tall firetowers. Earliest models have a gabled shingle roof and heavy shutters. Those built in 1933-1953 have hip roofs, with bolts from extended ceiling joists instead of 2"x2" pine struts to hold the shutters open beginning in 1936.

L-5: 10'x10' cab.

L-6: 8'x8'

Aermotor towers: Heavy galvanized steel 7'x7' towers from 34 to 175 feet tall, built by Aermotor of Chicago.

R-6 flat roof cab: Tarpaper-topped cab constructed of plywood

 

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