The historic Mangas fire lookout tower was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1934.
NRHP nomination form: “Located on the Quemado Ranger District, this lookout tower was erected in 1934. It is an Aermotor MC-E4, 30 ft high steel tower with a 14 ft by 14 ft steel cab. The wood frame cabin was erected in 1934. The lookout tower and cabin show few modifications over time and retain much of their integrity of original design, construction, workmanship, materials, setting, location and association. The tower and cabin are over 50 years old and are recommended for National Register eligibility. A metal privy, a recent addition to the complex, is a noncontributing structure within the boundary. The boundary of the Mangas lookout complex is a rectangle which measures 12O ft N-S by 32O ft E-W with the tower in the northeast 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.”
National Register of Historic Places nomination form:
"National Forest Fire Lookouts in the Southwestern Region. USDA Forest Service"
(.pdf page 32 of 115; accessed Mar. 2018)
National Historic Lookout Register:
Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on March 1, 2018.
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