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Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month

Lookouts!

Lookouts!

Lookouts!

Photo Credit: Art Seamans

As residents of Idaho we know that summer often includes forest and range fires. The past two years have seen much activity in the forests and rangelands in Idaho.  Fires have raced through the trees and grasses leaving black scars that will take some time to heal.  Fire lookouts became prevalent after the 1910 fires that swept through the northern part of Idaho and adjacent states.  We honor these sentinels of the forests and rangelands by focusing the 2014 Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month poster on these significant historic resources. 

Join us as we offer programs about fire lookouts in Idaho history, historic lookouts in the recreation rental program, successful restoration projects, and the Forest Fire Lookout Association that advocates preservation of these important historical sites. Events also cover other topics related to Idaho’s history, archaeology, architectural history and historic preservation. 

Events are planned throughout Idaho during May.  See the complete schedule here, and find updates to the schedule here.

The subject of the poster is Wylie’s Peak Lookout that was located in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. This lookout, burned in the 1980s, was located atop a rock outcrop with a panoramic view of in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. We thank Art Seamans, USFS retired, for use of the photo.   

For more information contact the Idaho State Historical Society 208-334-3847 or visit our Facebook page.