Cody, Wyo. (August 12, 2014) – The Shoshone National Forest and the Friends of Clay Butte will hold a free, public ceremony on Saturday, August 23th at 2:00pm. The ceremony will celebrate the lookout’s placement on the National Register of Historic Places.
The ceremony will be held at the Clay Butte Lookout tower along Forest Road 142, which is a gravel road off of US Highway 212. District Ranger Sue Stresser will speak during the ceremony, a commemorative plaque will be unveiled, and special guest Keith Kincaid will recall his days working on the construction of the lookout tower.
The Clay Butte Lookout tower was completed in 1943 and was in operation until the 1960s. Thanks to the cooperation between the Shoshone National Forest and the Friends of Clay Butte, the tower is now open as a visitor center and museum. You can see the tower’s original Osbourne Fire Finder, learn about the history of fire lookouts, and take in the panoramic mountain view while visiting the tower.
As the nation’s first national forest, the Shoshone National Forest has 2.4 million acres of diverse terrain and a mission to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the forest to meet the needs of present and future generations.
Contact: Kristie Salzmann 307.578.5190 | http://www.fs.usda.gov/shoshone/