Tahoe National Forest: Calpine Lookout – Sierraville CA

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The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built the Calpine lookout tower in 1934.

The forest fire lookout tower was in service until 1975. The three-story structure has exterior stairs, a ground floor storage room, a second floor sleeping room, and the observation cab on the top floor. The structure is one of the many CCC-built lookout towers that have been used for decades to spot wildfires fires in California’s forests.

According to the Forest Service: “Calpine lookout is an “L-7” or windmill style enclosed tower with a “BC-3” cab and has been determined to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The windmill style of lookout was very popular throughout California, used by the Forest Service, California Department of Forestry and some counties. Calpine lookout is one of 3 windmill style lookouts that remain in the state.
Calpine sits at an elevation of 5,980 feet, approximately 40 miles from Truckee, CA.”

Source notes

USDA Forest ServiceL (https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tahoe/recarea/?recid=80158), accessed June 2019.

Project originally submitted by Hank Chapot on June 7, 2019.

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Location Info


317 South Lincoln St
Sierraville, CA 96126

Location notes: Mountains above Calpine, an old company logging town Sierraville Ranger Station

Coordinates: 39.58383980000001, -120.36969469999997

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