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Eric Willhite
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PostSun Jan 31, 2016 1:54 am 
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This week I visited the Foothills Museum in Buckley with my scanner to gather & document information about local lookouts.   One of the workers father was a lookout in the 1930's at Bearhead Mountain (near Carbon River) and Pyramid Peak (near Greenwater).  His collection of photos for Bearhead Mountain gives us an incredible look from 1929 to 1934.  The lookout was built in 1931 or 1932.

Lookout Camp - Pre-structure

1931
1931
Tent camp
Tent camp
"Bearhead tent city 1930"
"Bearhead tent city 1930"

Packing Supplies to Build L-4 Cab
All there, time to build
All there, time to build
Under construction
Under construction
Almost done
Almost done

Lookout All Finished
Washing clothing
Washing clothing
Dress-up, using moss as beard, horse hair for mustaches.
Dress-up, using moss as beard, horse hair for mustaches.
Cab on summit, Baldy in far distance.
Cab on summit, Baldy in far distance.
Horse on trail up to lookout with East Bearhead in distance
Horse on trail up to lookout with East Bearhead in distance
Snowdrift, Jess Rose and dog "Bob" Photo taken by Fred Haley
Snowdrift, Jess Rose and dog "Bob" Photo taken by Fred Haley
View over to Summit Lake
View over to Summit Lake
Visiting Peabody Framily from Orting
Visiting Peabody Framily from Orting
Visiting Peabody Framily from Orting
Visiting Peabody Framily from Orting
Looking out from inside the lookout
Looking out from inside the lookout

For reference, here are the panoramics taken in 1934
Southeast
Southeast
North
North
Southwest
Southwest

Want to visit this former site - click here

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PostSun Jan 31, 2016 8:03 am 
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Way kool!!!!

Thanks for sharing.... love the "Dress up" picture. That Krag Jorgensen and Broom Handle Mauser would be worth a small fortune today.

Lee

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PostSun Jan 31, 2016 10:52 am 
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I loved seeing these old photos. Great sleuthing.

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PostSun Jan 31, 2016 11:52 am 
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what a great find Eric.   Thanks for keeping us going with great trip reports and history and pictures of NW lookouts.  If you keep this up, perhaps you should consider a new book?  I'd buy it.   cool.gif  cool.gif

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PostSun Jan 31, 2016 10:34 pm 
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Love those long eared quadrupeds.

Thanks Eric.
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PostSun Feb 07, 2016 12:35 am 
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Can anybody identify the Minion-looking thing inside the shed/crate/box structure in the first photo?  It doesn't look like anything I associate with fire observation.  Thanks-
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PostSun Feb 07, 2016 7:12 am 
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Looks to me to be a hand crank telephone, most likely hooked up to the wires attached to the pole.

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PostWed Mar 02, 2016 8:43 pm 
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Wow! I love the photo of the Osborne sitting on the pile of rocks.

A great collection!

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PostMon Mar 14, 2016 3:06 pm 
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A fantastic group of pics.  Thanks for scanning & posting.

Here is the Osborne pipe as it looked in 1999.....I padded up there from Martin Gap, admiring some white ceramic insulators still tacked to trees along the way.

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PostTue Mar 15, 2016 4:41 pm 
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Marvelous photos, a delight to study!  Noteworthy features of this early L-4 are the three-by-three-light horizontal sash windows and gable roof, defining features of Clyde Fickes' original 1929 plan.  Fickes' 1932 plan revision features vertical three-by-three-light sashes and hipped roof (for example, Dodger Point Lookout and Badger Mountain Lookout), and 1934 plan revision shows two-by-two-light sashes, found in many later lookouts.

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PostTue Mar 15, 2016 7:41 pm 
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So cool!  Thanks for sharing!
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PostWed Mar 30, 2016 2:37 pm 
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lee wrote:
Way kool!!!!

Thanks for sharing.... love the "Dress up" picture. That Krag Jorgensen and Broom Handle Mauser would be worth a small fortune today.

Lee

The squirrel doesn't look too bad either.  wink.gif

Thanks for posting, these are very cool old pics. Gotta love the demeanor of the companion in the 2nd pic.

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PostThu Mar 31, 2016 4:48 pm 
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The picture of Summit lake really shows why it has that name.  up.gif

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Outstanding! up.gif  up.gif  Thanks for documenting it.
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