August 10, 1929: "Forest Ranger Hudson, in charge of the lookout station on Broke-off peak, reports an eruption from the main peak of Mount Lassen, smoke and steam spouting 6000 feet into the air and carrying up rocks, which dropped back." (The Oxnard Daily Courier)
June 29, 1933: "The glamor of city life holds no appeal for John Gransbury, forest Service lookout stationed on Brokeoff Mountain in Lassen Volcanic National Park.
When the first of June rolls around each year, John takes up his duties at a little house perched 9,232 feet above sea level. There he remains until the first winter rains dispel further likelihood of a half mile up-hill hike to his place of abode from the highway, he isn't troubled much by curious tourists.
After the fire season closes, John doesn't return to city life as might be expected after a lonely summer. Instead, he journeys to a small settlement near the entrance to the park, where, for the greater part of the winter, he is 'snowed in.' " (Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune - Missouri)
July 29, 1934: "Being a hermit is a passion as well as a profession with John Gransbury, lookout fire observer on Brokeoff mountain in Lassen National Park.
During the summer months he lives in a cabin six feet from the rim od a 1,200 deep extinct volcanos crater and surveys the surrounding landscape for fires.
When the summer task is finished he moves to a little closed up resort known as Viola, to become caretaker, and is snowed in all winter.
When the wind blows, sometimes at a terrific rate, there is always the possibility of the little single room cabin's being blown off into space.
Gransbury has held down the lookout job since 1924. He has hundreds of thousands od acres of valuable timber land dotted with farms, ranches and small towns, under his surveillance." (Charleston Gazette - West Virginia)
June 15, 1938: "John Gransbury who has been lookout for the Forest Service on Brokeoff Mountain for the past 15 years, died of a paralytic stroke yesterday at Mineral.
Mr. Gransbury served longer than any lookout on the Lassen Forest." (Lassen Advocate - Susanville)
April 25, 2014: The lookout site and five acres of forest land were listed on a California Department of General Services excess properties under review for state use listing, for possible sale. (from the above noted publication)
June 2010 - Ron Kemnow photo
September 14, 1923: "On one particular Thursday, lookout Ewalt on Colby Mountain called up Butte Meadows several times to say that he worried because he was certain he could smell smoke but just as certain that no smoke was rising anywhere. Guard Speegle was all primed for a quick getaway. It was not noted until the next forenoon, however, that a shakemaker reported a small fire in a canyon and on the opposite side of a ridge from Colby Mt. As well as having a sense of humor, it is recommended that a keen sense of smell be made one of the requisites of a lookout's job. -- Lassen." (California District News Letter)
July 2010 - Ron Kemnow photo
Mr. O.E. Kirkpatrick and his wife have occupied the station during the fire season from June 1 to November 1. They have little fear of the snakes reaching their quarters which are on a thirty foot steel tower. A flagstone walk was built from the road to the tower and a sign at the road greets all visitors. "Rattlesnakes, watch your step." Despite the rattlesnakes, 217 people registered at the station, however a good many visitors remained in their cars and failed to register.
Kirkpatrick has a small bore shotgun always in readiness and during the period September 18 to October 11, killed from the tower 85 rattlesnakes. The largest of these was four feet long and the largest number of rattles 14.
Several offers have been made to the lookout man for the snakes, for the purpose of food and medicine, his best offer being $1.50 a snake, alive or freshly killed, but he feels that watching for fires, and the time spent shooting snakes keeps him pretty well occupied. 288 smokes have been reported from this station, the fires being on both State and National Forest lands.
A kit for treating rattlesnake bite is kept handy at the station, but so far there has been no occasion to use it. During June, July and August, no snakes are to be found, but early spring and fall Kirkpatrick says, "It's a rattling good lookout. - Brokenshire - Lassen -" (California Ranger)
April 25, 2014: The lookout site and forty acres of timber land were list on the California Department of General Service's list of excess properties under review for state use, possibly for sale. (from the above mentioned publication)
October 14, 1938: "Eagle Peak Lookout is now known, locally, as Pigeon Roost due to a decided preference for this station by wandering homing pigeons.
On September 7 a pigeon bearing a band #OHC 3231 Au 38 arrived at the Lookout. He seemed perfectly at home, grazing around the station by day, except during meals when he insisted upon entering the lookout and eating the crumbs, and going to roost in the storeroom at night. Wright Graham, Lookout-fireman, decided that he was blessed with a permanent companion so bestowed upon OHC 3231 the name of Charley.
This companionship lasted until September 10 when two more pigeons, one a male and one a female, arrived from the general direction of Reno. Graham named the new arrivals (BRC 3702 Au 37) Martha and (BRC 2406 Au 36) Joe and decided that he was going into the pigeon business whether he wanted to or not. A requisition was placed for food and for material to build a suitable pen for the increased family.
On the morning of September 11, Martha and Joe left the storeroom and after a breakfast of crumbs departed in the direction of San Francisco. Shortly after their departure Charley appeared in a condition which indicated that he had been severely beaten by Joe and Martha.
On September 13 when Charley failed to appear for breakfast Graham made a search and found him dead. Feeling that Charley was not of an aggressive nature, Wright believes that this is a case of murder and is requesting that all agencies be on the lookout for the suspected killers.
If Martha and/or Joe are apprehended Graham wishes to be informed of their capture and the final disposition of the case. - Beattie - Mendocino -" (California Ranger)
July 27, 1971: "Fire fighters manning six units of the California Division of Forestry, a tanker truck from Corning Jaycees and two aerial tankers contained a blaze early last evening that burned 100 acres of grassland west of Henleyville on Paskenta Road.
Smoke was spotted from the Eagle Peak Lookout, located northwest of Paskenta." (Red Bluff Daily News)
October 6, 1941: "Two brush fires which burned 160 acres on the Saddle Camp Road have been brought under control by rural fire crews from Bakers camp and Antelope Valley headquarters after a battle which started yesterday.
The first fire broke out near the Bayless place in large growths of greasewood about 2 p.m. yesterday. The second blaze which started at 3:30, was near the Greasewood Hill Lookout just outside Trinity National Forest." (Red Bluff Daily News)
June 21, 1937: "Inskip Lookout near Paynes Creek has been given direct relief to Mr. and Mrs. Porcupine and family. Not being satisfied with a succulent diet of weeds and grass, they started eating on the new garage and tool storage building. Before they were discovered, they had badly damaged the lower portion of it.
District Ranger Brokenshire lost no time in cutting off their new diet. A strip of galvanized iron 20 inches wide was placed around the building. This material proved too tough for them. However, a close watch was being kept by Hubert Grissom, lookout, to prevent a band of Angora goats from trying a diet of galvanized iron." (Lassen Advocate - Susanville)
1930's: An emergency lookout was established.
August 3, 1920: "Adventures of a Lone Lookout. Miss Abbie Bromlee, Tomhead lookout, Trinity, while watching for fires the other day discovered a huge mountain lion within a stone's throw of her cabin. She reached for her six-shooter but before she could use it the lion disappeared in the brush. It is believed that the animal was one of three which had killed and devoured a colt the night before. Dogs were placed upon the trail of the lion but it had not up to this time been captured." (California District News Letter)
October 21, 1960: "A San Francisco man missing since Sunday has been found in good condition in the Yolla Bolly wilderness area west of here.
Calvin Moore, 40, was traced Thursday to the bottom of Cottonwood Creek Canyon when smoke from his campfire was spotted from Tom Head Peak fire lookout." (Eureka Humboldt Standard)
July 2010 - Ron Kemnow photo
September 30, 1914: "Lassen Peak, the Northern California volcano, more active than usual of late, started spouting fire and superheated rock tonight, according to a lookout of the Forest Service on Turner Mountain." (New York Times)
July 3, 1937: "Oscar Edwall, lookout man on Turner Mountain, picked up the smoke at 1:14 a.m. The Mineral suppression crew was called and got away in one minute. The fire was in a very dangerous place, and had it not been for the quick action of Henry Foster and the men with him, this would have proven a very dangerous fire." (Lassen Advocate - Susanville)
August 10, 1937: "The lookout tower on Turner Mountain, on the Mineral District of the Lassen, has been thoroughly remodeled and painted during the past week, according to Ranger Brokenshire. The work was done by O.E. Edwall, lookout on Turner Mountain, and Lide Barber, ERA foreman. The tower is 65 feet high and has been thoroughly covered with aluminum paint from top to bottom. The old windows have been replaced by modern ones, insuring better visibility." (Lassen Advocate - Susanville)
February 13, 1937: "Mike Kirkpatrick, United States forest service employe, was found safe at the Windy Cut lookout station after he failed to call up headquarters here.
Kirkpatrick, who was sent on a 15-mile ski trip to shovel snow off the building, was found by Ted Rex and Si Brand. He explained that he forgot to report by telephone." (The Morning Oregonian – footnote 1)