Project Parter: Bighorn National Forest

History: Constructed in 1939 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and in use until 1987, the Black Mountain Lookout Tower is 14 feet x 14 feet with a catwalk on a stone foundation and served as the lookout for the north end of Bighorn National Forest. The tower is now a popular hiking destination with commanding views above timberline.

Scope of Work: Located on an exposed, windy top and vacant for 27 years, the Black Mountain Tower was in need of maintenance and repair so it could be available for use as a cabin rental or interpretive site. Volunteers successfully:

• Replaced log railing, catwalk and two entry doors

• Repaired, repaint plywood shutters

• Re-shingled wood shingle roof

• Repointed stone foundation

• Stained the exterior

• Installed a composting toilet

Read a short article that was printed about the project in The Chronicle of Philanthropy:

Directions: Black Mountain Fire Lookout is located between Sheridan, WY and Greybull, WY off of US Hwy 14 at an elevation of 9,500 feet.

HistoriCorps is a service learning partner of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture committed to the preservation and stewardship of significant resources on public lands.

  • July 23, 2014 - August 17, 2014