Bertha Hill Lookout
US 29, ID 3

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 29, ID 3 (view other lookouts in United States, Idaho)
Date Registered October 8, 1991
Nominated by Richard Bovey, Chief Fire Warden, Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association, Inc.
Location Clearwater County, Idaho
Coordinates N 46° 45.830' W 115° 47.505' (view using Google Maps)
N 46° 45' 50" W 115° 47' 30"
N 46.763840° W 115.791751°
Elevation 5,477 ft (1,669 m)
Administered by Potlatch Corporation
Cooperators Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association


Bertha Hill Lookout, owned by the Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association in Idaho, has considerable historical importance. The site of one of the first lookouts in the West, and the first lookout in Idaho, Bertha Hill is considered to be the birthplace of cooperative forest fire protection. The first lookout was posted in 1900, well before state and federal programs were established. The current 56-ft steel tower, with a 14- by 14-ft live-in cab, is the fifth to be located on the site. It was constructed in 1959 and includes a public observation platform at the 46-ft level.


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