Taum Sauk Lookout
US 211, MO 1
November 2010 photo

November 2010 photo - courtesy of Bob Frakes

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 211, MO 1 (view other lookouts in United States, Missouri)
Date Registered April 28, 1997
Nominated by Marvin D. Brown, State Forester
Location Iron County, Missouri
Coordinates N 37° 34.128' W 090° 43.125' (view using Google Maps)
N 37° 34' 08" W 090° 43' 08"
N 37.568800° W 090.718758°
Elevation 1,772 ft (540 m)
Built 1949
Administered by Missouri Dept. of Conservation
Cooperators Missouri Dept. of Conservation


Taum Sauk Lookout Tower was constructed by the Missouri Department of Conservation in 1949 and is the only tower in the state with a catwalk still in use. The 72’ steel tower with wooden cab--the first to be listed on the register in the state--is located on the highest point in the Missouri Ozarks (1,772’) within a state park. The name is derived from a Piankashaw Indian Chief: Sauk-ton-qua.


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