Cornell Butte Lookout
|Registry Numbers||US 1524, WA 73 (view other lookouts in United States, Washington)|
|Date Registered||April 11, 2022|
|Nominated by||Christine Estrada|
Okanogan National Forest
Okanogan County, Washington
N 48° 35.662' W 118° 53.423' (view using Google Maps)
N 48° 35' 40" W 118° 53' 25"
N 48.594366° W 118.890378°
|Elevation||5,062 ft (1,543 m)|
|Administered by||US Forest Service - Okanogan National Forest|
This 42′ all steel lookout was built in 1958, then purchased by a private party in 1996 and slated for removal.
According to the Forest Service, Cornell hasn’t been used regularly since 1971, but no funding exists for removing the tower, which has been heavily damaged and vandalized.
The North Star Fire in September 2015 burned the surrounding area, sending embers into Cornell’s cab that caught some of the floor boards on fire. The bottom stairs were removed for visitor safety.