Basin Butte Lookout

Basin Butte Lookout
Stanley, Custer County

  • Grant: 2008

Location: 8 miles north of Stanley in the Salmon Challis National Forest.

Basin Butte Lookout is a historic R4-80 standard plan fire lookout. Built in 1934, the lookout provided fire protection for the Stanley Basin and the Salmon River Mountains until it fell into disuse as aircraft replaced lookouts as the primary means of fire detection. Although the building was planned for replacement in the late 1970s, those plans were never carried out, and the lookout remains for the most part unchanged since its construction.

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