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National Register of Historic Places in Klamath County

National Register #88002626: Watchman Lookout Station No. 68 in Crater Lake National Park
22 September 2008
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National Register #88002626
Watchman Lookout Station No. 68
Off Rim Drive on The Watchman
Crater Lake National Park
Built 1932

Watchman Lookout Station is a two-story rustic stone and wood structure located on an andesite peak on the west side of Crater Lake rim.

The second floor observation deck is 16' 10" by 16' 10' with a full first floor the same size below. A 20' by 14' one-story wing, constructed of massive stone masonry with a flat roof, extends east from the southeast corner of the building. The tower roof is hipped, with green-painted shakes and slender log rafters exposed at the eaves.

Despite alterations, the building's integrity is basically intact, and it is a unique example of rustic architecture as applied to a specialized building type. Merel Sager noted: "After Mr. S. D. Coffman, Fire Control Expert, inspected the building, he stated that he believed it to be the best fire lookout building in the United States."

Adapted from the NRHP Nomination Form.

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