Crane Flat Fire Lookout

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Crane Flat Fire Lookout
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Crane Flat Fire Lookout is located in California
Crane Flat Fire Lookout
Nearest city Aspen Valley, California
Coordinates 37°45′34″N 119°49′10″W / 37.75944°N 119.81944°W / 37.75944; -119.81944Coordinates: 37°45′34″N 119°49′10″W / 37.75944°N 119.81944°W / 37.75944; -119.81944
Built 1931
Architect National Park Service Landscape Div.; Wosky, John
Architectural style Other
Governing body National Park Service
MPS Historic Park Landscapes in National and State Parks MPS
NRHP Reference # 96000354
Added to NRHP April 04, 1996[1]

The Crane Flat Fire Lookout in Yosemite National Park was built in 1931. An example of the National Park Service Rustic style, the lookout is a two-story structure with a lower storage or garage level and an upper observation level, with an overhanging roof. Design work was carried out by the National Park Service Landscape Division.[2]

The lookout was the first in Yosemite, and was still in use in the 1980s. It was designed in the National Park Service Rustic style, and is one of only four similar structures in California, with the Henness Ridge Fire Lookout being the only other in Yosemite. These lookouts were specifically designed to blend with their surroundings, in contrast to the metal towers used by the U.S. Forest Service. The Crane Flat lookout was included in an influential portfolio of park structures assembled by Thomas Chalmers Vint, chief landscape architect of the National Park Service to be used as prototypes for general use.[3]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Crane Flat Fire Lookout". List of Classified Structures. National Park Service. 2008-12-10. 
  3. ^ Jamie M. Donahoe (November 8, 1995). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Crane Flat Fire Lookout" (PDF). National Park Service.