Mount Washburn Lookout
US 576, WY 10

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 576, WY 10 (view other lookouts in United States, Wyoming)
Date Registered June 1, 2004
Nominated by James Muhn
Location Yellowstone National Park
Park County, Wyoming
Coordinates N 44° 47.872' W 110° 26.040' (view using Google Maps)
N 44° 47' 52" W 110° 26' 02"
N 44.797870° W 110.434000°
Elevation 10,243 ft (3,122 m)
Built 1941
Administered by National Park Service
Cooperators National Park Service

Description

This lookout replaced an earlier stone masonry built in 1921. Construction of the second lookout began in June of 1939 and was completed the following summer (1940). Park Engineer Phillip Wohlbrandt assessed Mount Washburn Lookout in 1949 and recorded detailed information about it. He stated that in 1939 it cost $17,468.59. The building’s outer dimensions were twenty-five feet five inches by twenty-four feet five inches. With visitors amenities are on the first floor, radio and telecommunications equipment on the second floor, and living quarters and observation room on the third floor, the lookout reflects the end of the "rustic" style in Yellowstone.

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Photos

1997 - This and above photo obtained from the Yellowstone Center for Resources

1997 - This and above photo obtained from the Yellowstone Center for Resources

Original lookout circa 1921

Original lookout circa 1921

Construction of second (present) lookout on Mount Washburn, August 25, 1939.  Note first (stone) lookout building still standing in foreground.

Construction of second (present) lookout on Mount Washburn, August 25, 1939. Note first (stone) lookout building still standing in foreground.