Mount Bielawski Lookout
US 1343, CA 166
Mount Bielawski Lookout - 2013

Mount Bielawski Lookout - 2013 - courtesy of Fred Johnson

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1343, CA 166 (view other lookouts in United States, California)
Date Registered October 26, 2019
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location Santa Clara County, California
Coordinates N 37° 13.359' W 122° 05.641' (view using Google Maps)
N 37° 13' 22" W 122° 05' 38"
N 37.222645° W 122.094020°
Elevation 3,217 ft (981 m)
Built 1922
Administered by California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection - Santa Clara Unit (Cal Fire SCU)


Mount Bielawski's tower is the oldest Aermotor Company tower in California. This is also the first fire detection structure to be built with State funds. The site is the second oldest "State'' operated fire detection point. The Aermotor tower has been modified. The internal stairway replaced the original ladder access. In 1955, the cab was remodeled to accept the addition of catwalk, door and etc. (Plan No. 819). The original dwelling house was removed in 1969 and the existing structure built (Plan No. 360) in 1970. The house does not conform to the original residence design. The residence is divided into a small living room, bathroom, kitchen and bedroom area. It features modern appliances, built-in cabinets, drywall paneling and vinyl tile flooring (some carpeting, too). The 63 sq. ft. pump house was built after 1970.

The station is located just inside Santa Cruz County, upon the north­west tending Castle Rock Ridge (west of the San Andreas Rift Zone). The area is timbered in oak, madrone and fir trees with brush interspersed. Communications vaults and towers are near the lookout. A paved road is .2 miles away.


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Photo courtesy of Fred Johnson