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ATVing in Cliff Creek and up to Monument Ridge Fire Lookout

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Published on Jun 10, 2012

ATVing in Cliff Creek and up to the Monument Ridge Fire Lookout station, Wyoming.

History of the Monument Ridge Fire Lookout, Big Piney Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming.

The Monument Ridge Fire Lookout has been suggested to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places, with a period of significance of 1941. Significant under the themes of architecture, conservation, and politics/government, it is a fine example of pre-WWII fire lookout vernacular constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It is also associated with the Forest Service's quest for expanded fire reconnaissance and suppression during this era. Monument Ridge is also unique in that it is the only remaining lookout on the forest that appears to have been constructed through precut methods, and the only one constructed with logs.

Not much is known about Monument Ridge Lookout, for few written records have been found. Although relatively low in elevation (compared to others on the forest) for a fire lookout site, the Forest Service picked the site back in the 1930s because they thought it was the best location to gain full view of the entire Hoback Ranger District, plus a road could easily be built to Monument Ridge's summit. As such, Monument Ridge lookout is one of only two lookouts on the forest (the other is Deadline Ridge) that does not require a long hike or horseback ride to visit.

Monument Ridge Lookout rates high in all integrity aspects. It has retained its historic integrity nicely over the last six decades, and exhibits stellar workmanship and materials in its precut log construction. It associates well with the surrounding environment: the setting is spectacular, with a 360-degree view of the Wyoming, Gros Ventre, and Wind River ranges. Although some windows are boarded up, this does not alter the building's integrity, as this is easily reversible. Period of significance is 1941, with themes in architecture, conservation, and politics/government.

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