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McCall in Valley County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Sloan's Point Lookout

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 4, 2018
1. Sloan's Point Lookout Marker
Inscription. Sloan's Point Lookout was a prefabricated lookout tower built by the Aeromotor (sic) Company. One of 200 such structures in the Northwest, the Aeromotor In 1934, the unassembled lookout arrived in McCall. Brothers Neal and Willard Boydstun drove the materials to a ridge one half mile east of Paddy Flat Ranger Station. The Boydstuns then made a 'trailer" using a wagon axle pulled behind a horse to pack the tower parts up a narrow climb. Once on site, Gus Poro and Neal Boydstun pored concrete piers and erected Sloan's 72 ft. lookout tower with cab. The following summer Victor Ax, a local carpenter, built the Rocky Mountain stye log cabin and a privy near the tower's base.
In 2000, Sloan's Tower was dismantled and brought to Central Idaho Historical Museum by retired Forest Service employee Ed Allen and his son. In 2006, Richard Holm Jr. and a group of volunteers restored the lookout and reassembled a 22 ft. section on site for the Museum. Twenty four individuals and twelve business contributed time, money, materials and labor. The authentic weather station was contributed by Larry Kingsbury, Payette National Forest Archeologist.

Elevation: 6280 Size: Cab 7'x7'x9'; Tower 72' (Tower #2/Tower Aerial #5) Staffed: 1934-1970 Type: Aermotor Location: Payette
Sloan's Point Lookout and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 4, 2018
2. Sloan's Point Lookout and Marker
National Forest, T16N, R4E Section 11
 
Erected by Central Idaho Historical Museum.
 
Location. 44° 54.54′ N, 116° 6.552′ W. Marker is in McCall, Idaho, in Valley County. Marker can be reached from State Street near Forest Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 State Street, McCall ID 83638, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Idaho Forest (within shouting distance of this marker); The CCC Worker (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); McCall City Jail (approx. half a mile away); Packer John's Cabin (approx. 6 miles away); a different marker also named Packer John's Cabin (approx. 6 miles away); J. I. Morgan, Inc. (approx. 9.7 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker and the lookout are located on the grounds of the Central Idaho Historical Museum.
 
Also see . . .  Fire lookout tower - Wikipedia. The typical fire lookout tower consists of a small room, known as a cab located atop a large steel, or wooden tower. Historically, the tops of tall trees have also been used to mount permanent platforms. Sometimes natural rock may be used to create a lower platform. In cases where the terrain makes a tower unnecessary, the structure is known as a ground cab. Ground cabs are called towers, even if they don't sit on a tower. (Submitted on June 30, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 30, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 30, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 30, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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