North Clark Historical Museum to feature exhibit featuring forest fire lookouts

Lookouts were built on top of high mountain peaks and were manned by individuals to look for signs of forest fires

AMBOY – The North Clark Historical Museum will present a mini exhibit this month featuring forest fire lookouts in Skamania County. Lookouts were built on top of high mountain peaks and were manned by individuals to look for signs of forest fires. During WWII, they were also used as Aircraft Warning Stations to watch for enemy aircraft flying over the area. 

The North Clark Historical Museum will present a mini exhibit this month featuring forest fire lookouts in Skamania County. Lookouts were built on top of high mountain peaks and were manned by individuals to look for signs of forest fires. Photo courtesy of North Clark Historical Museum
The North Clark Historical Museum will present a mini exhibit this month featuring forest fire lookouts in Skamania County. Lookouts were built on top of high mountain peaks and were manned by individuals to look for signs of forest fires. Photo courtesy of North Clark Historical Museum

The exhibit will include Mt. St. Helens, Lookout Mt., Silver Star Mt., and Point 3670 Lookouts.   Local residents who spent time at some of these lookouts are Jerry Johnson, Glen H. Messner, and John and Virginia Baccus.   NCHM is looking for more information, stories and pictures in order to expand the exhibit in August and September of 2022.

The Silver Star Lookout is shown here in this USFS photo from 1934. Photo courtesy of North Clark Historical Museum
The Silver Star Lookout is shown here in this USFS photo from 1934. Photo courtesy of North Clark Historical Museum

The Summer Book Blowout is still ongoing with plenty of used books for sale in the Museum basement.

Quilt Raffle tickets will also be available for “Prairie Sampler,” a beautiful quilt made by the Chelatchie Quilters.  This is the annual fundraiser to benefit the Museum.

The Museum will be open on Sat., Aug. 14 and 28 from noon to 4 p.m.  The address is 21416 NE 399th St., Amboy, WA. The museum is wheelchair accessible and has air conditioning.  Admission is free.  Donations are welcome. 

Plan a visit to North Clark County and view the Forest Fire Lookout Exhibit.

For more information, contact (360) 247-5800 and leave a message or email museumnch88@gmail.com.

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