Matson (N) Lookout
US 1248, WI 43
July 2017 photo

July 2017 photo - courtesy of Tyler Bormann

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1248, WI 43 (view other lookouts in United States, Wisconsin)
Date Registered August 28, 2017
Nominated by Tyler Bormann
Location Marathon County, Wisconsin
Coordinates N 44° 56.762' W 089° 20.752' (view using Google Maps)
N 44° 56' 46" W 089° 20' 45"
N 44.946031° W 089.345869°
Elevation 1,501 ft (458 m)
Built 1951
Administered by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


This 94-foot tower features an inside corner ladder and appears to be an Aermotor. Built in 1951 and historically named ā€œNā€ Tower, it was renamed Matson in 2005 to honor John Kenneth Matson (Ken). Ken worked 45 years as a DNR fire lookout with the majority spent in N/Matson Tower. He climbed until he was 81 years old. Matson Tower was staffed intermittently during spring fire season through 2009 and continued to be used as a radio tower for Marathon County until approximately 2012.


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