Bluewater Lookout – Lincoln National Forest NM


The historic Bluewater fire lookout tower in Lincoln National Forest was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1933.

NRHP Nomination Form: “Located on the Mayhill Ranger District, this 45 ft high steel tower with a 7 ft by 7 ft steel cab represents an Aermotor LX-E4 type or an International Derrick Company tower. The Forest Service records are not clear on this point. Research efforts have not been able to clarify this. It appears that while the International Derrick Company did manufacture steel towers, they did not differ much from the more common Aermotor towers. Other Forest Service records cited by Irwin C19BB) state that this lookout tower was built in 1917 for the United States Weather Bureau and sold to the Forest Service who erected it at this site in 1937. Study of historic photographs suggests that no major structural modifications have occurred. Although moved from its original location, this lookout has been in place at its present location and used as a fire detection facility for 50 years. The wood frame cabin and storage shed were built at this site in 1937. They have experienced little modification outside of normal maintenance over the years. The entire lookout complex, including the tower, cabin and storage shed, retains its integrity of original design, construction, workmanship, materials, setting, location and association and is recommended for National Register eligibility. The boundary of the Bluewater lookout complex is a square which measures 80 ft by 80 ft with the southwest corner of the storage building situated in the southwest corner of the property. The area surrounding the complex within the boundary is not considered a “buffer area,” but is integral to the setting of the property.”

Source notes

National Register of Historic Places nomination form:
"National Forest Fire Lookouts in the Southwestern Region. USDA Forest Service"
(.pdf pages 41-2 of 115; accessed Mar. 2018)

National Historic Lookout Register:

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on March 1, 2018.

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Location Info

Lincoln National Forest, NM

Coordinates: 32.741656, -105.469008

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