Wells Lookout
US 319, NM 7
Wells Lookout - 2022

Wells Lookout - 2022

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 319, NM 7 (view other lookouts in United States, New Mexico)
Date Registered September 1, 1999
Nominated by Dave Lorenz
Location Jicarilla Reservation
Rio Arriba County, New Mexico
Coordinates N 36° 52.047' W 107° 04.169' (view using Google Maps)
N 36° 52' 03" W 107° 04' 10"
N 36.867458° W 107.069480°
Elevation 8,120 ft (2,475 m)
Built 1932
Administered by Bureau of Indian Affairs
Cooperators Bureau of Indian Affairs


First used as a lookout point in 1930, parts for the Wells Lookout were received in 1931 from International Derrick Co. In June 1932 the 60' steel tower with 7' x 7' cab was erected at a reported cost of $92(!) and put into service. The following year the site was staffed by a "lookout-fireman," meaning the towerman would take initial action on the smokes he reported if they were nearby.


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