Sunday, February 23, 2020

More Cloquet Experimental Forest tower history

Some additional photographs from the U of Mn archives:

Winter view of Cloquet fire tower taken from Esker Trail south of tower
(Jensen, Ray. Winter view of Cloquet fire tower taken from Esker Trail south of tower.. University of Minnesota Libraries, University Archives., umedia.lib.umn.edu/item/p16022coll405:575 Accessed 23 Feb 2020.)


Winter view looking north and west from fire tower, likely 1928 or 1929
(Winter view looking north and west from fire tower, likely 1928 or 1929. University of Minnesota Libraries, University Archives., umedia.lib.umn.edu/item/p16022coll405:589 Accessed 23 Feb 2020.)

Winter view looking north and east from fire tower, likely 1928 or 1929
(Winter view looking north and east from fire tower, likely 1928 or 1929. University of Minnesota Libraries, University Archives., umedia.lib.umn.edu/item/p16022coll405:654 Accessed 23 Feb 2020.)



All by permission: UMedia


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The first Ash River lookout

Reader and contributor Jacob H. raised the question of a 3-post lookout at Ash River back in April of 2018. I believed at the time there was only evidence of two towers; the first dating to 1924 and which became the Elephant Lake tower and the extant tower, erected in 1935. My interpretation of the history was wrong. Jacob had indeed seen footings for a third lookout, a 3-post tower at the site and took photos.

The opening of the L.R.Beatty files at the Minnesota Historical Society includes files verifying a tower pre-dating what was believed to be the first lookout. The Beatty files include a photograph of that 3-post tower dated 1923. Jacob's notion was correct.

Jacob's photographs of those footings:

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The lettering says:

MINNESOTA STATE FOREST SERVICE
DULUTH MINN

Reviewing my photographs from my 2012 visit I can see those same footings in the background but failed to recognize them for what they are.

Jacob nominated the extant tower to the National Historic Lookout Register where it is the 12th lookout from Minnesota.

Giving credit where credit is due.