COLD SPRING MOUNTAIN
August 5, 1931: "This community was shocked Sunday when word was received Thomas Lynch passed away in San Francisco. Tom, as he was familiarly called, had been working as fire lookout at Signal Ridge and a week previous had gotten out of bed to answer the telephone and had stepped on a thorn on the floor of his tent. The thorn penetrated the bare foot and a portion broke off in the foot. On different days during the week he had friends who called on him try and get the thorn out with their pocket knives and by Friday his leg and foot were quite sore and badly swollen and he was brought to Point Arena for medical attention. Saturday he was taken to San Francisco, arriving there shortly after midnight. Blood poisoning had by that time reached such a stage nothing could be done and he died about five o'clock Sunday morning." (Ukiah Republican Press)
May 17, 1933: "Oliver Moore, fire ranger of Willits was here during the past week to oversee the building of a lookout station on Signal Peak, it is understood a telephone line will be run from the station to Philo. A road has been built to the top of Signal which will eliminate a long steep climb that has had to be made on foot to reach the summit." (Ukiah Republican Press)
1990: Due to budget cuts the Lookout will not be staffed this fire season.
January 2, 1929: "State Forest Inspector R.E. Roach has just concluded an agreement between the Division of Forestry and J.D. Lacey Co. which owns about 30,000 acres of timber on the Garcia and Gualala rivers in this country, whereby increased fire protection will be made possible by that company helping to provide funds for the work.
This coming spring a fire lookout station will be built and maintained on Gualala Peak, which overlooks an immense area of timberlands in southwest Mendicino county and northwest Sonoma. Besides the station many miles of fire breaks will be constructed in advantageous places in the district.
Much credit is due Ranger R.E. Roach and C.F. O'Brien, of Point Arena, caretaker of the J.D. Lacey holdings, as it was mainly due to their efforts this increased fire protection was made possible and it is sincerely hoped other timber owners in the above district can be induced to cooperate in the much needed work." (Ukiah Republican Press)
April 30, 1929: "Ten miles of telephone line is in course of construction from Gualala Peak to Anker Bay. The State will station a lookout man on Gualala Peak this season." (Redwood Journal)
July 19, 1930: "An observer will also be stationed at the lookout station which has just been built at the head of Gualala river and he will also go on duty next Monday. From that point all of southwestern Mendocino county and northwestern Sonoma will be under observation." (Ukiah Dispatch Democrat)
June 28, 1935: "Next month the Gualala lookout station will be built. It will have a 60-foot-high steel tower and will command a splendid view of all of the Fifth Supervisoral district and the northern portion of Sonoma county." (Ukiah Dispatch Democrat)
July 26, 1935: "A CCC crew was sent to Gualala this week and they expect to be kept busy for some weeks erecting the steel lookout station which will command a view of all of the Fifth Supervisoral district and most of Sonoma county. They will also build a good motor road from the present county road to the station." (Ukiah Dispatch Democrat)
July 26, 1940: "The remarkable view to be seen from the lookout station at the summit of Hull Mountain was one of the discoveries John W. Taylor, county superintendent of schools, made during a week's vacation. While standing in the glass enclosed lookout station at the 7000-foot elevation, one can see Ukiah and Round Valley, portions of Clear Lake and Lakeport, Mr. Taylor said.." (Dispatch Democrat)
September 6, 1940: "One of the first things noticed by a visitor on Hull Mountain is what looks like a small airplane propeller revolving on a miniature steel tower. You ask Lookout Charles Henry if this is some Weather Bureau instrument. Smoky presses a button to show you he has electric lights in his house up here on a seven thousand foot peak, then explains that the contraption is a wind charger which supplies electric current for his radio and furnishes light for his house. Henry purchased the wind charger four years ago, cost price in connection with radio purchase $15.00. It is hooked up with two six volt car batteries and for four years has furnished all the electricity needed. One battery is all that is absolutely necessary but Henry keeps two hooked up just to make certain of plenty of current at all times. He states he has not spent a cent on the outfit since hooking it up four years ago. Appears to be an effective and economical power plant. Why aren't they on all lookouts?
Shouldn't be necessary for the lookout to pay for them out of his own pocket. --Harris - Mendocino -" (California Ranger)
November 8, 1940: "The following is copied from Ranger Floyd Long's annual report. 'Our most unusual use of radio was on a lightning fire, one of a series, which occurred on the north side of San Hedrin in a very inaccessible country. The fire could not be located after an extensive search by Suppression Foreman Foster and his five man CCC crew, but it was still visible to Hull Mountain Lookout. Finally, Foster built a smoke signal in a safe place and the lookout readily picked it up. Then by talking to the lookout via radio Foster got the direction and approximate distance to the fire from the location of the smoke signal and proceeded to the fire without difficulty.' " (California Ranger)
March 26, 1930: "M.B. Pratt, of Sacramento, chief of the division of forestry, was here from Sacramento Friday to inspect the fire trails being built in the hills west of town. While here the chief unfolded the fact a fire lookout station will be maintained next summer on the hill directly west of Clay street.
A fire trail is being built to the spot from the foot of Clay street and when it is completed a telephone line will be installed and the station built.
According to Mr. Pratt the mountain affords a view of the valley from Hopland to the Ridgwood ranch, all of Potter Valley and Redwood Valley and most of the high land between this city and Lake county and when the fire hazard grows with warm weather a lookout will be maintained at all times.
The fire trails west of town are from 30 to 50 feet wide and run north and south and east and west. It was at first intended to install the lookout station on Pine Ridge but a survey showed the present chosen site as suitable and much more accessable to telephone service." (Ukiah Republican Press)
June 7, 1930: "A 'lookout tower' twenty feet high was erected this week on the highest peak in the hills just west of Ukiah. From this point all of the country within a radius of 25 miles is in plain view, and a man will be stationed there during the period of fire hazard. Linemen are now erecting poles and stringing telephone wires from Ukiah to the lookout station so that the observer can send in the alarm immediately as soon as a fire is spotted.
The extensive system of fire trails and laterals built on the ridges of Ukiah last winter have been completed." (Ukiah Dispatch Democrat)
June 18, 1930: "The lookout station at the top of the mountain directly west of Ukiah is undergoing finishing touches this week and it is expected, by the end of the present week it will be equipped and ready for use. The building, which with the lookout tower, is 20 feet tall, is at the crest of the fire trail leading up from Clay street and commands a view of a radius of 25 miles in all directions. Last week linemen of the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company installed poles and ran a telephone line into the building and it is expected forest fires will hardly break out until their direct location will be reported at the headquarters of State Forest Inspector R.E. Roach here. It is planned to have a forest ranger on duty every hour during the summer months.
The erection of the station is an added attraction to this city, many persons planning to visit the lookout and learn exactly how the government handles forest fire control. With the fire trails encircling the mountains west of the city there is no doubt Ukiah will be saved much of the apprehension felt in other years when the fire hazard has been greatest." (Ukiah Republican Press)
July 30, 1930: "The fire lookout station west of Clay street was opened Monday with firewarden M. Hair on duty. A 24-hour lookout service will be maintained during the remainder of the summer." (Ukiah Republican Press)
August 13, 1930: "The expeditious manner in which the forest fire menace is taken care of was demonstrated Thursday when the lookout on the mountain west of town reported smoke arising from Pine Mountain, near the Sonoma-Mendicino counties line.
Forest Ranger Willis Dimmick left immediately for the scene and after several hours of fire fighting, during which seven acres of brush and grass lands were burned over, had the fire under complete control. Before the days of forest-fire-fighting efficiency the fire would probably have burned for weeks with great damage to stockmen and other property as dry brush and grass abounds in that vicinity." (Ukiah Republican Press)
September 3, 1930: :The house on the former Ed Wright place on the Low Gap road, was destroyed by fire recently. The building, which was a mere shell was quickly consumed. The rising smoke was detected immediately by the fire lookout stationed on the mountain west of town and forest rangers left at once and prevented the fire spreading to nearby timber. The former Wright place is now owned by Guy Redwine." (Ukiah Republican Press)
July 15, 1927: "The Mattson lookout station near the Ellison schoolhouse in the Littleriver road will soon be in operation overlooking Big river and the Albion and Navarro rivers." (Dispatch-Democrat)
August 29, 1934: "Joe Quaill has been trucking lumber to the site of the new lookout station on the Mathison place near the head of Little River. A 30-foot tower is being erected. Caspar Amundsen is working on the project. Frank Mathison has charge of the station." (Ukiah Republican Press)
August 31, 1934: "Frank Mathison will have charge of the new lookout station, which is being erected on the Mathison place near the head of Littleriver in the Mendocino section. A 30-foot tower is now in the course of construction." (Dispatch-Democrat)
May 26, 1949: "The forest fire lookout station on the Mathison property has been opened for the season, with Miss Emma Mathison again in charge. The station is located about three miles east of Little River Airport." (Redwood Journal)
November 18, 1925: "Harry Goldert, lookout at San Hedrin, passed through this valley, enroute to San Francisco, his duties there being over for the season." (Ukiah Republican Press)
April 20, 1927: "Chess Riffe, chief of the fire ranger lookout on San Hedrin, near Covelo, was a Ukiah visitor several days this week. Mr. Riffe is well known in the Round Valley country where his interesting work had kept him for a number of years." (Ukiah Republican Press)
September 2, 1987: "The spreading flames and billows of smoke forced the evacuation of the Sanhedrin fire lookout tower Tuesday afternoon. Gil Easter said the lookout, Mike Zwicky, was not in immediate danger but he could not have been evacuated later if danger grew.
'He couldn't see anything anyway,' Easter said, referring to the smoke that reduced visibility to near zero." (Ukiah Daily Journal)
September 3, 1987: "The flames raced up Sanhedrin's slopes and destroyed the fire lookout tower at the mountain's peak. The lookout had been evacuated earlier and escaped harm." (Ukiah Daily Journal)
September 13, 1987: "The fire lookout at Mount Sanhedrin's peak was spared from the fire, contrary to reports earlier in the week. It has been re-manned." (Ukiah Daily Journal)
1992: Due to budget cuts the lookout will not be staffed this fire season.