Call Mountain Lookout - 2006
|Registry Numbers||US 1341, CA 164 (view other lookouts in United States, California)|
|Date Registered||October 26, 2019|
|Nominated by||Brad Eells|
|Location||San Benito County, California|
N 36° 37.149' W 121° 04.124' (view using Google Maps)
N 36° 37' 09" W 121° 04' 07"
N 36.619147° W 121.068734°
|Elevation||3,888 ft (1,185 m)|
|Administered by||California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection San Benito-Monterey Unit (Cal Fire BEU)|
This L-601 tower with BC-301 cab is a classic example of the 30 foot "Dutch Windmill" lookout constructed in 1935. The CCCs erected many of these structure types across California during the 1930s. There are a few alterations: aluminum sheeting, steel fire escape ladder, catwalk bracing and composition roofing added; catwalk railing and upper story staircase replaced; and some interior renovations. Metal bands along the length of the northeast tower leg were installed to arrest further checking. Restoration would enhance the original craftsmanship. In 1958, a 60 sq. ft., wood frame generator building was built next to the tower. It has a concrete slab foundation, "v" groove siding and a wood shingle covered gable roof. A 3/3 fixed window is centered on the west gable end, a replacement door is on the east end.
The lookout, located along the rolling summit of a northwest tending ridge, is about a mile north of the highest peak in the Call Mountains. Oak woodland predominates. A 10,000 gallon concrete water storage tank (constructed in 1967) is near the lookout. A metallic telephone line comes in from the northeast. The site is not readily accessible to the public, being about 5 miles from paved road, behind locked gates. (MVT 10/91)
Photo courtesy of www.peakbagging.com