Keepin’ a Lookout: Carey Dome

Fire season is wrapping up in the Pacific Northwest as Fall approaches. Here is a recent image I captured of the Carey Dome fire lookout on the Payette National Forest. The 85 ft. tall galvanized steel tower was constructed in 1934 by the Aermotor Co. out of Chicago, Il., and assembled and erected by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The lookout, and the cabin, is on the National Registry of Historic Places. This is the last steel tower style lookout on the Payette N.F., and one of 12 remaining in the U.S.A., all in the Pacific Northwest.
Carey Dome is an impressive high country knoll,  directly on the Southern edge of the steep Salmon River breaks. From the lookout one could hike off-trail, on essentially one ridge, over 5600 ft. down to the Salmon River.

Carey Dome Fire Lookout, Burgdorf, Idaho
Fire Lookout Staff
Carey Dome fire lookout staff adjusts azimuth.
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