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Pinedale Online > News > August 2015 > Deadline Ridge Fire Lookout restoration project

Before restoration. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Before restoration
The lookout tower structure has been used as a communications site in recent years.

On top of the mountain. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
On top of the mountain
The lookout sits on the top of a high open ridge with a commanding view of the surrounding forest in the Wyoming Range.

Finishing touches. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Finishing touches
Deadline Ridge Fire Lookout restoration project
by Pinedale Online!
August 17, 2015

In August, members of the Sublette County Historic
Preservation Board (Certified Local Government CLG)
spent two weekends working on a volunteer project to
restore a Forest Service fire lookout tower on Deadline
Ridge in the Wyoming Range. With the administrative
support and paint supplied by Jamie Schoen with the
Bridger-Teton National Forest, the team cleaned out the
debris piled inside the building, removed the old
windows, shutters and door, replaced missing roof
shingles, and primed and repainted the outside of the
building.

After four days work to "Clean It, Fix It, Paint It" the
building was closed back up to protect it from the
elements. Members of the preservation board will restore
the windows, shutters and door over the winter months and
come back next summer to reinstall them.

The lookout sits at about 10,000 feet elevation and was
built sometime in the early 1940s. It was used into the
1960s and perhaps early 1970s, after which all the fire
lookout towers on the Bridger-Teton National Forest were
abandoned. Only a few remain still standing. The CLG
board plans to work with the Green River Valley Museum to
put up an interpretive display about the lookout and its
history. Not much is known about who worked at the
lookout and its stories.

CLG Historic Preservation Board members who worked on the
lookout restoration were Bob Beiermann, Dave Vlcek, Clint
Gilchrist, Carmel Kail and Dawn Ballou. Other board
members who helped with this project, but were unable to
come up on the work days were Jonita Sommers and Paul
Scherbel. Richard Kail also was of help and will be
restoring the windows. Bob Beiermann will be rehabing the
door and building new shutters patterned after one
surviving shutter to be installed next summer when the
windows are reinstalled.

Bridger-Teton National Forest has approved this project
and provided supplies and administrative support.
Special thanks to Jamie Schoen, JP Schubert and Mary
Greenwood for their help.

If anyone has any information or
old photos related to this lookout, please contact any of
the board members or email info@sublette.com.



Related Links
  • Fire lookout keeps past alive - By Ben Ramsey, Sublette Examiner, 8/11/2015, see also Pinedale Roundup 8/14/2015
  • Sublette County Historic Preservation Board - (Certified Local Government CLG)

  • Roof shingles. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Roof shingles
    Bob Beiermann replaces missing shingles on the roof.

    Long ladder. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Long ladder
    It took a really long ladder to reach some parts of the roof. Bob Beiermann (L) and Clint Gilchrist (R) secure the ladder legs with long lines and big rocks.

    Painting. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Painting
    L to R: Dave Vlcek, Clint Gilchrist, Carmel Kail paint. Maggie supervises.

    Caulking. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Caulking
    Dave Vlcek, Bonneville Archaeology, plugs holes with caulk.

    Roof work. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Roof work
    Dave Vlcek (L) and Bob Beiermann (R) work on the filling holes and replacing shingles on the roof.

    Precarious. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Precarious
    This day was sunny and beautiful to do work, but the day before was freezing cold, windy and downright miserable. Bob Beiermann works to secure the stove pipe on the roof while Clint Gilchrist secures the ladder below.

    Priming. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Priming
    Carmel Kail helps prime the outside to get ready to paint. Her husband, Richard Kail also is helping with this project.

    Removing the door. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Removing the door
    Clint Gilchrist takes the door off. The door and windows were all removed so they can be repaired, broken glass replaced, and wood restored.

    Lookout door. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Lookout door
    When the door was boarded up, nails were driven through, breaking the glass in some of the window panes.

    Number 8. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Number 8
    It's hard to see now, but look closely to see the outline of the big number 8 that was painted on the roof to make it more visible to airplanes flying overhead. The green is where the top and bottom circles of the 8 meet.

    Carving. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Carving
    MRE? MRG? Initials carved into wood in the lookout.

    Glenn was here. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Glenn was here
    Glenn Wilkes left his name in green paint on a rock near the tower.

    Ladell Bagley 1953. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Ladell Bagley 1953

    Restacking rocks. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Restacking rocks
    Dawn Ballou restacks rocks around the lookout foundation.

    Buttoned up for winter. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Buttoned up for winter
    All done. The windows, shutters and door have been removed and will be restored over the winter. The interior has been cleaned and the structure boarded back up until next summer.
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