February 11, 1914: "Game Lake. Area 8.88 acres. Request for withdrawal was submitted January 29, 1909 to the Secretary of the Interior, but no action was taken. It is now being used as a stop over station but being situated near the summit of Game Lake Peak, at an elevation of 4500 feet, it will have considerable value for a look out station when improved. It is planned to construct a store house and fence the area as soon as funds are available. It will then be used as a summer headquarters for patrol men. Water from the spring and lake will afford a sufficient supply for domestic use. No application has been made for the area under the Act of June 11, 1906." (L Stations, Siskiyou National Forest)
1934: A lookout was constructed.
May 1940: "Fire danger data indicates conditions in area served by this point to be nearly as severe as those at Agness." (Plans, Guard Placement, Siskiyou National Forest)
1941: The lookout was staffed 105 days and reported to the Agness Ranger Station by way of radio.
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1935: A lookout house was constructed on a 12-foot tower.
May 1940: "Station is in fog belt, and should only be necessary during the more severe fire danger days. Where it not for the above average rate of spread fuels the position might not be justified as a regular, Seen area within the forest is very restricted." (Plans, Guard Placement, Siskiyou National Forest)
1941: The lookout station was staffed 79 days and reported to the Gold Beach station through West Coast telephone Company.
May 4, 1942: "It is his (Mr. MacGougan) opinion that a telephone connection can be made from Grassy Knob Look Out to the Port Orford telephone line. This can be accomplished by making a toll station connection with a guarantee of $5.00 per month. A service connection fee of about $6.00 will be charged the first month." (Letter to Wm. Parks, USFS, from Secretary / Warden, Coos County FPA)
June 2, 1943: "Lauren S. Giebner, whose tower commands a vast stand of Douglas fir east of this seacoast village, said he heard an airplane motor early September 28, saw a flash through a fog haze, but was unable to see the plane. Two hours later he spotted a fire, which was controlled without difficulty. This was the second attack in September. On September 9 a tiny seaplane dropped two incendiary bombs near Brookings. The first attack was June 21, when shells were dropped, probably from a submarine's guns, near Fort Stevens, at the mouth of the Columbia river. Unlike the September 9 attack, witnessed by several persons in comparatively clear weather and spotted by air raid watchers almost as soon as the plane reached the coast line, the Port Orford raid was obscured by fog. Shortly after 5 A.M. He heard the sound of a motor, northeast of his tower on grassy knob. At 5:22 A.M. He saw a flash of fire and heard a single blast. He reported immediately to forest headquarters and kept a sharp watch for flames. At 7:55 A.M. He saw them, in the deep, heavily timbered dry creek canyon, about three miles from his tower. The scene is in one of the most rugged and inaccessible areas of the forest. Four fighters he dispatched to the blaze hiked for more than two hours over trailless mountains. En route they enlisted a crew of woodcutters from a camp near the lookout station." (The Oregonian – footnote 1)
Coos FPA - 37S-14W-4
1969 - Ron Kemnow Collection
2005 - Gordon Cottrell Photo
June 17, 1937: "One of the finest views to be had in Curry County is from the new lookout station built last fall on Grizzly Mountain, about five miles back from Gold Beach. from this lookout, which is on a ten foot tower, a wonderful vista of both sea and mountains is visible. Bear Basin Butte and red Mountain, each 52 miles south, Mule Mountains, Bolivar, and several other peaks to the north can be seen as well as Cape Blanco, Port Orford, St. George's Head, and many other points stand out on a clear day. The lookout will undoubtedly prove popular with hikers as an easy trail leads east from the county court house and follows through timber all the way to the immediate foot of the mountain, from which an easy grade is ascended to the top. On completion of the projected forest road it is probable that cars can be safely driven to the foot of the mountain. M.S. Brainard, of Gold Beach, has been assigned to the Grizzly station. He occupied it for a few days recently but was recalled when the last rain relieved fire danger." (Curry County Reporter)
November 1938: "In the Chetco District an unagreed cooperative arrangement between the Coast Guard lookouts and the Forest Service lookouts is working out nicely. As occasions arise the Coastguardsmen tell us about fires that they think might help us in checking the location, and quite recently the lookout at Grizzly Mountain had occasion to return the compliment and at the same time bring relief to some derelict fisherman.. Nearing sundown one recent evening, the lookout sent the P.A. a reading on a small boat adrift in a heavy sea. about five miles off shore. The P.A. reported the matter to the Coast Guard at Port Orford and an ultimate rescue of the broken down craft was effected. The Coastguardsmen reported that they had been searching for the craft about 30 miles north and had practically given up hope. Through the medium of the Grizzly lookout, life was probably saved as well as the boat. Soon after sundown a dense fog set in which would have completely blotted out the small craft and she would probably not have survived the tremendous sea that came up during the night. E.H. Marshall" (Six Twenty-Six)
February 1942: "The lookout house on Grizzly mountain, located about four miles east of Gold Beach within the Curry unit of the Coos County Fire Patrol Association, was scattered over the side of the mountain late in December by a very high wind storm. The building was held in place by four strong guy wires but unable to withstand the pressure. Emmett Freeman, who was stationed there while the lookout was being used as an air-raid warning point, had gone into Gold Beach prior to the storm because the communication equipment was out of order, when he returned he found the building gone, instruments and furniture scattered over the countryside, and his own personal belongings hanging on the bushes." (Forest Log)
1942: The lookout was replaced after a wind storm destroyed the station. The new lookout was a 12 x 12 ground cabin that cost $250.00.
September 11, 1942: A report by W.N. Parke, AWS Inspector, stated that the construction of a 10x12 sleeping quarters had been started.
June 3, 1943: "The Army would like to have Grizzly confine their messages on flights to the west to a distance of six miles since a volunteer post west of this post also covers the area westward out to sea. It is quite obvious that the post should not try to hew too close to the line, however, and consequently it should reach out a mile or so farther than six miles to be sure that the flights aren't within the assigned limit." (Letter to the State Forester from James Frankland, USFS, Engineering)
1952: A 14x14 Amort style lookout house was constructed. The lookout station reported to the Gold Beach office by way of West Coast Telephone and radio. The costs for the wood frame ground house were $810.00 for labor and $878.33 for materials. One mile of new road was constructed making it possible to drive to Grizzly Mtn lookout. (ODF Annual Report 1952)
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May 1940: "Suggested season based on the assumption that this position is chiefly necessary for lightning risk." (Plans, Guard Placement, Siskiyou National Forest)
1941: The lookout station was staffed 84 days and reported to the Gold Beach station via radio.
LAKE OF THE WOODS MOUNTAIN
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September 1927 - Siskiyou National Forest (S.O.)
1944 - Siskiyou national Forest (S.O.)
1983 - La Vaughn Kemnow photo
September 2008 - Ron Kemnow photo
Siskiyou National Forest - 38S-12W-23
September 2008 - Ron Kemnow photo
1916: N.B. Moore was the fireman stationed at Long Ridge.
July 1930: "This district is I believe the only one in the forest that can boast of an automobile road to the very front door of a lookout house, we have just completed 4 miles of road up Long Ridge from Waldeen's to the lookout house at the head of the ridge, and can now drive up and unload directly from the car to the door of the house, when the house is built. This district drawed two new lookout cabins this year, one for Long Ridge and the other for Packsaddle, these cabins are simple, cheap and just as good as the more elaborate types used in the past." (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
August 1930: "The boys assigned to Packsaddle and Long Ridge next year will have no cause to complain of the cold nights and hot days, as the two new lookout houses at these places are about completed. Some nice looking outfits those, the Long Ridge man can motor to and from his work if he has a car." (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
1930: A new R1 type lookout cabin was constructed on Long Ridge. (A History of the Siskiyou National Forest - 1939)
May 1940: "Principally necessary for lightning. Probably can see area to SW where there have been a good many man-caused fires in the past." (Plans, Guard Placement, Siskiyou National Forest)
1941: The lookout station was staffed 94 days and reported to the Gold Beach station via West Coast Telephone Company.
October 12, 1962: The lookout structure was destroyed in the Columbus Day storm.
A new tower constructed at Quail Prairie took over the lookout duties.
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1934: A lookout house was constructed.
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no date - Curry County Historical Society
1963 - U.S. Forest Service Photo
February 1917: "The Brookings Company expects to cut timber here about July 1 they have agreed to put a lookout on this summer and I am trying to get an allotment to equip Mt. Emily so as to call their bluff without delay, if they cooperate it will be a long step in the right direction for the Service in this locality. Ranger Jones" (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
April 1917: "Material has been ordered for the construction of a telephone line to the top of Mt. Emily where the C & O Company will maintain a lookout." (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
June 1917: "Most of the month of June has been spent in maintenance work with a small amount of claims work on the side and the construction of the Mt. Emily telephone line, it was impossible to secure help for several days, finally Kramer and Hughes put in an appearance and the line was rushed to completion in a few days." (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
March 1919: "The J-iron mine instrument on Mt. Emily was struck and badly damaged and the line fuse and protector block demolished and about 300 feet of line burned up." (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
January 1922: "We failed to secure the material for the Mount Emily lookout building and so were unable to get the cutting done." (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
July 1922: "Arrangements have been made for the construction of Mt. Emily lookout and we have hope of completing it by the first of September." (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
September 1922: "We didn't get our Mt. Emily lookout constructed but we have made a good start and are getting along nicely at the present time. Packers have been hard to get and their prices are high. After considerable dickering we decided to pack it ourselves." (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
August 9, 1923: "Forest Ranger Wilke was in Brookings a few days ago attending business for his department. He states that the government has erected a new building at the look-out station on Mount Emily which is equipped with the latest charts, and other fire protection appliances." (Gold Beach Reporter)
1925: "The lookout was struck by lightning early in the year, tearing off two sides of the roof and shattering all the window glass." (A History of the Siskiyou National Forest - 1939)
May 1925: "The Mt. Emily Lookout has been struck by lightning and considerable damage was done. Two sides of the roof were torn off and all the windows were broken. This was the report brought in by a trapper." (Six Twenty-Six)
August 1925: "Mr. Bearse our Mt. Emily Lookout has been busy painting the new station on top of the mount inside and out and reports he is just about finished." (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
April 1928: "Received a new type Osborne fire finder for Mt. Emily. It is the #6 or Junior type and is certainly a little dandy." (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
July 19, 1928: "On last Friday a party consisting of Emma, Thelma, Vernon and Merle Hanscam, Edda Burke, Wesley and Floyd Kindel, Bernadine Van Pelt and Mrs. Gladys Kindel hiked to the top of Mt. Emily. At noon a wonderful dinner was cooked by the lookout man, Will Lane. It is safe to say that everyone enjoyed it after a five mile climb up the mountain. If anyone wants a real hike and a wonderful trip they should climb Mt. Emily." (Curry County Reporter)
May 1940: "Suggested dates are supported by past fire danger data." (Plans, Guard Placement, Siskiyou National Forest)
1941: The lookout station was staffed 100 days and reported to the Gold Beach station via West Coast Telephone Company.
September 15, 1942: "A foot-deep crater, apparently caused by an incendiary bomb, gave evidence today of what may have been the first aerial assault upon the United States home soil, an apparent attempt to set fire to an isolated forest on the southern Oregon coast. The Army's western defense command, in a carefully worded communique, disclosed that an unidentified, small airplane of a type that might have been carried on a submarine was seen coming inland just before dawn September 9, and was heard roaring out to sea about an hour later. Some time after the plane was seen circling the Mount Emily area nine miles northeast of Brookings, Ore., a fire was observed, and forestry patrols who extinguished the blaze found a crater and metal fragments which the army said bore 'markings of Japanese ideographs which may have been part of a code indicating the arsenal where the bomb was manufactured.' Several hours after the appearance and disappearance of the seaplane was reported, an army patrol plane sighted and bombed a submarine 30 miles off the Oregon coast with unobserved results.' The army communique noted: 'It is possible a plane of this type might have been carried on a submarine.' Lieut. T.J. Runyon, area supervisor of the air raid warning system, said the plane was spotted on the filter center control board within seconds of its appearance over the coast, and observed: 'It was an excellent test, and the system proved fully effective.' Forestry patrols reported the incendiary bomb left a crater about three feet in diameter and a foot deep. Japanese submarines shelled an oil well area in southern California February 23, causing slight damage, and a beach near Seaside, Ore., June 22, but it was first evidence of an actual air bombing of the continental United States. Howard 'Razz' Gardiner, forest service lookout, observed the plane and saw the fire break out from his post on Mount Emily, nine miles from Brookings, Ore. Looking into the darkness at 6 a.m.. September 9, when he heard the sound of a single motor, Gardiner saw a circling plane overhead - saw it so closely he identified it as a small seaplane. Shortly afterwords he saw flames break through the tree roof below - in the same general area where a disastrous fire in the middle thirties destroyed a great forest and most of the coastal city of Bandon. Gardiner sounded the alarm on the forest telephone, gathering some equipment and plunging through the forest by a short cut to battle the flames single-handed. He succeeded so well he had them under control by the time the forest fire suppression crew arrived - a four and a half hour battle through brush and over rugged terrain from their station." (Herald and News)
September 25, 1942: "The Siskiyou National Forest Service and two of its lookout men, stationed on Mount Emily and another nearby point, were commended this week by Brig.-Gen. Barney M. Giles, commanding general of the Fourth Air Force at San Francisco, for their 'material assistance' in supplying information from their observation posts concerning an unidentified plane seen near Brookings the morning of September 9. Later the same day a forest fire was started by an incendiary bomb of apparent Japanese origin, and a patrol plane attacked a submarine 30 miles off the Oregon coast. 'The vigilance of these two observers (Howard Gardiner and Ed Conley) is highly commendable. The information they furnished the IV Fighter Command was of great value in the investigation of this incident,' the general wrote." (Herald and News)
1948: A 20-foot creosoted timber tower and cab was constructed to replace the old cupola building.
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c.1909 - Siskiyou National Forest (S.O.)
no date - Siskiyou National Forest (S.O.)
no date - Siskiyou National Forest (S.O.)
July 1915 - Siskiyou National Forest (S.O.)
1944 - Siskiyou National Forest (S.O.)
August 1914: "Louis Yarbrough failed to come on as lookout and after much scouting around I finally secured Ralph Keizer whom is at present located on the extreme top of Pack Saddle and keeps a good lookout from daylight to dark, we had considerable difficulty with the telephone and could not get it to ring and finally had to put in the new ringer coils, it was quite a job to connect them, we used some lead and a short piece of copper wire a spoon and a paper funnel, and done a good job as long as it lasted and the bell would ring fine and we went to sleep confident that we had it in good shape but the next morning there was nothing doing so far as the telephone was concerned so I have had to send for another set of ringer coils. W.J. Jones, District Ranger" (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
October 1914: "Sept. 14 came in with a light rain and the 15th with a fair shower and the night of the 15th with a gale and shower that is seldom equaled, the morning of the 16th at 4 a.m. our fly carried away at the Pack Saddle lookout and for a time it looked as we would be carried away also, one side of the tent carried away twice before daylight and we were drenched to the hide and then some, as soon as daylight came we secured the horses and beat it for the West-Moore R.S. Barely getting across the river before it was above fording, breakfast and dry clothes tasted very good, the wind storm surely played havoc with the telephone lines along the coast but the Pack Saddle and Snow Camp lines being #9 wire stood the test okay." (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
1914: "Ranger W.J. Jones rode 28 hours from Packsaddle Lookout to a fire near McKinley Mines, with only a stop to eat and rest a few minutes along the way. Typical of Jones, he stated that 'the saddle was tires' when he arrived." (A History of the Siskiyou National Forest - 1939)
May 1915: "I expect to build a lookout house at Pack Saddle lookout station during June with Guard labor and if things go well I will start the Snow Camp Lookout house, the lookout points are always windy, bleak and miserable and I believe that the cabins should be made as comfortable as possible. Ranger Jones" (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
June 1915: "We have been engaged for several days in getting out material for the Pack Saddle cabin and getting it on the ground and we hope in a few more days to have the house completed. Ranger Jones" (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
August 1915: "Costs etc on Pack Saddle lookout cabin: Cost of materials $31.80 Cost of packing 18.00 Labor 164.28 Total $214.o8
Dimensions - 11'6" with 8 foot walls, requiring: 4 pieces 6"x*'x11'6" sills 8 pieces 4'x4'x10'10" above and below windows 4 pieces 4"x$'X11'6" top plates 3 pieces 6"x6"x11'6" floor joists 7 pair pole rafters 5" diameter by 11"7" 220 linear feet 1"x6" sheeting 1200 shakes 130 feet split flooring Gravel and sand was packed from Bear Creek, 5 miles. Shakes, sheeting and flooring was packed about 3/4 mile up the hill and most of the poles for sills etc were snaked about 600 yards, considerable experience has been gained and similar cabins under similar conditions can be built for about $170.00. Guard Keiser has laid a very good floor out of material at hand, I have seen floors of sawn lumber that looked worse. The lookout man can now take some comfort at night and does not have to sleep hanging out onto a tent rope and he can see everything in all directions without standing out in the gale, there is nothing to mar vision but a post in each corner, the stove pipe is arranged so as to be in line with one of the posts." (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
September 1915: "The rim lock sent out for the Pack Saddle cabin will not respond to any of the service keys in my possession so I am obliged to return it as I want all locks operated by the same key. Ranger Jones" (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
1915: "Improvement work consisted of constructing a lookout house on Packsaddle Mountain, a shake type with ceiled interior, which cost $31.80 for material, $18.00 for packing, and $164.28 for labor, a total of $214.08." (A History of the Siskiyou National Forest - 1939)
June 1917: "Guard Gruver and myself made an up to date fire finder by using a soft pine board with cardboard tacked over it, then a protractor pasted on top and a hole bored into the board and a 38 caliber cartridge set into the hole with the rim filed down so that one of the F.S. standard compasses will set over the cartridge with the bottom of the compass resting lightly on the protractor so it will revolve freely, then a short piece of stiff paper was put under the sight and operates as a pointer, this will be used at the Pack Saddle lookout and the one that is there will be used transferred to Mt. Emily where there us no shelter. Ranger Jones" (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
1917: "Ranger W.J. Jones and former Ranger Costellos and wife had a narrow escape on Packsaddle Lookout. The men fought the fire outside, and Mrs. Costellos fought it inside. Sparks blowing through the shakes set fire to their beds several times. They had a hard time saving their horses, which were badly singed. This was in October." (A History of the Siskiyou National Forest - 1939)
June 1919: "The Pack Saddle Lookout cabin was relieved of its door and part of its roof during the winter and it will require considerable fixing up before being habitable again." (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
August 1925: "Lewis Kamberg Lookout on Packsaddle Mountain says he wakes up every morning away above the clouds, the fog being so thick that he feels the influence of the great void, which he says sets him to thinking of the uncertainty of a future existence." (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
July 1926: "And speaking of protection, the Chetco District illustrates it pretty well. Packsaddle has an old makeshift cabin just big enough for the lookout man's bed and table and supplies. His stove and part of his equipment are outside and the fire finder on the roof sheltered by a canvas. The tent which the lookout had been using proved inadequate to stand against the 65-mile breeze that blew a few days before my visit. There is a standard D-6 building on Mt. Emily with complete lightning protection. Snow Camp has a D-5 type of building." (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
July 1929: "Our one piece of bad luck came in the form of appendicitis. Milton Foster our Packsaddle Lookout-Fireman came out to the doctor on the 1st of August. We are sorry to loose Milt for he was a good head and his place will be hard to fill." (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
July 1930: "Snakes? Lots of them. The boys are turning in the accounts of their killings but King has the distinction of killing one of his big ones under the stove in the packsaddle Lookout. P.N. Stephenson" (Six Twenty-Six)
July 1930: "This district drawed two new lookout cabins this year, one for Packsaddle, these cabins are simple, cheap and just as good as the more elaborate types used in the past." (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
August 1930: "The boys assigned to Packsaddle next year will have no cause to complain of the cold nights and hot days, as the new lookout house at this site is about completed." (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
1930: A new R1 type lookout cabin was constructed on Packsaddle Mountain. (A History of the Siskiyou National Forest - 1939)
July/August 1933: "While writing these notes, I was interrupted by a phone call from Paul Weller, the lookout on Packsaddle Mountain. He wanted to tell me that he had just fished a 30" rattlesnake out from under his lookout house and performed a successful death ceremony over him. Paul wanted to know if I wouldn't send a gallon of 'Rattlesnake remedy' right up as a preventative in case he might get bitten later. I reminded him of what the first aid man told at Fire School, and suggested that he cook him up and can him for the coming winter. (I have noticed in the Portland paper that canned rattlesnake can now be bought on the market.)" (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
May 1940: "Serves the higher country. Principally a lightning position in inaccessible country. Probably has indirect visibility down Winchuck River where several man-caused fires have occurred in the past." (Plans, Guard Placement, Siskiyou National Forestry)
1941: The lookout was staffed 84 days and reported to the Gold Beach station via West Coast Telephone Company.
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July 1914: "Forest Guard Spoerl will be camped at Panther Mountain this season and will spend the time when the fire hazard is not great, making more improvements to the trail." (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
May 1940: "Considered to be similar to Grassy Knob for length of season. Probably in fog belt." (Plans, Guard Placement, Siskiyou National Forest)
1941: The lookout was staffed for 60 days and reported to the Powers Ranger Station by way of West Coast Telephone Company.
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July 1920: "Have also made a start on my Pebble Hill Trail. have a good grade, nothing over fifteen percent, and brush and dirt are moving at a good clip under the capable hands of Walter Fry and crew." (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
1920: Used as a patrolman station, C.E. Criteser, patrolman.
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1934: A lookout was constructed.
August 1, 1935: "Lightning played a peculiar prank at the Pyramid Rock lookout station in the Siskiyou National Forest, one evening recently. Communications with this remote lookout is by means of a short wave radio. A bolt came in from the antenna, the lead-in of which passed between two studdings separating the east windows. It shattered both of the uprights and cracked the glass but miraculously missed the ranger, M. Stenerson, and his mongrel puppy mascot." (Curry County Reporter)
August 29, 1935: "Charles Hogue has been stationed as lookout at Pyramid Rock, about ten miles due east of here, relieving Martin Stenerson, who has accepted a position with the Indian Service in Washington." (Curry County Reporter)
May 1940: "Position should be available during lightning season, and has potential value value for suppression on account of being located on a road. Position was not manned until July 6 in 1939, but was maintained until September 30. Suggested dates will permit shift in period manned to meet variations in weather conditions." (Plans, Guard Placement, Siskiyou National Forest)
1941: The lookout was staffed 94 days and reported to the Gold Beach station by way of West Coast Telephone Company.