Gold Butte Lookout
US 134, OR 18
Gold Butte Lookout - 2006

Gold Butte Lookout - 2006 - courtesy of Ron Kemnow

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 134, OR 18 (view other lookouts in United States, Oregon)
Date Registered November 24, 1995
Nominated by Ron Johnson, FFLA
Location Willamette National Forest
Marion County, Oregon
Coordinates N 44° 48.305' W 122° 05.004' (view using Google Maps)
N 44° 48' 18" W 122° 05' 00"
N 44.805075° W 122.083405°
Elevation 4,477 ft (1,365 m)
Built 1934
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Detroit Ranger District, and the Pacific Crest Trust Fund


The L-4 14’x14’ house with catwalk on Gold Butte was constructed in the Willamette National Forest in 1934 by the CCC. Eight years later a cabin was built several hundred feet north of the lookout station and staffed year-around as part of the Aircraft Warning Service in World War II. The cabin and garage are gone, but the lookout -- which was last staffed in the late 1960s -- was saved by a hiking group. The Pacific Crest Trust Fund has raised money and provided volunteers to restore the structure which is still used in periods of high fire danger.


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Gold Butte Lookout - 1943

Gold Butte Lookout - 1943 - courtesy of the National Archive