Tallowbox Lookout
US 505, OR 97

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 505, OR 97 (view other lookouts in United States, Oregon)
Date Registered March 31, 2003
Nominated by Howard Verschoor, Oregon Registrar
Location Jackson County, Oregon
Coordinates N 42° 11.824' W 123° 09.203' (view using Google Maps)
N 42° 11' 49" W 123° 09' 12"
N 42.197070° W 123.153380°
Elevation 4,929 ft (1,502 m)
Built 1963
Administered by Oregon Department of Forestry
Cooperators Oregon Department of Forestry, Southwest Oregon District


Standing on a high promontory with a long ranging view south of Medford is Tallowbox Lookout. The Oregon Dept. of Forestry lookout was a tent camp in 1918. The first permanent building was a cupola lookout in 1923. During World War II the garage was converted into an Aircraft Warning Service winter residence and the site staffed year around. The current 14’x14’ ODF flattop with catwalk on a 10’ treated timber tower was constructed in 1963 and remains in active service.


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