National Register of Historic Places in Jackson County

Squaw Peak Lookout 15 September 2010
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National Register #00000512
Squaw Peak Lookout
Rogue River National Forest
Built 1943

Squaw Peak is a prominent point on the ridge system that includes Little Grayback Mountain to the west and Squaw Mountain to the east. The lookout, located at an elevation of 4,984 feet, provides an excellent view of the upper Applegate Valley, the Rogue River Valley, the Cascade Range and the western Siskiyous.

The lookout was staffed regularly from 1943 until 1961, after which it served only during periods of electrical storms in the height of fire season. Its use since the 1960s has been occasional. During the severe fire season of 1987, Squaw Peak was used to observe fires in the Applegate Valley.

Squaw Peak Lookout is associated with the development of the Rogue River National Forest and construction of fire lookouts between 1918 and 1943. The structure embodies of the distinctive characteristics of the L-4 style lookout once widely in use throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

Source: NRHP Nomination Form submitted in the year 2000.

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