Ruidoso Lookout Tower

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Ruidoso Lookout Tower
Ruidoso Lookout Tower is located in New Mexico
Ruidoso Lookout Tower
Location Lincoln National Forest
Nearest city Ruidoso, New Mexico
Coordinates 33°19′54″N 105°39′43″W / 33.33167°N 105.66194°W / 33.33167; -105.66194Coordinates: 33°19′54″N 105°39′43″W / 33.33167°N 105.66194°W / 33.33167; -105.66194
Built Completed 1940
Architect U.S. Forest Service
NRHP Reference # 87002485[1][2]
Added to NRHP January 27, 1988[1]

Ruidoso Lookout Tower was completed in 1940 by the U.S. Forest Service to serve as a fire lookout tower within Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico, United States. It remains in active use for detection of urban/suburban fires in the town of Ruidoso, which has grown over the years to surround the tower. The structure is a 30’ Aermotor tower with metal catwalks and is topped with a 14’x14’ wooden cab.[3]

The structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places,[1] as well as the New Mexico State Register of Cultural Places.[4]

The first detonation of a nuclear device by the Manhattan Project at Trinity Site was observed by Herbert Lee Traylor,[5] the forest ranger on duty at the Ruidoso Lookout tower at the time of the explosion.

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  1. ^ a b c "Ruidoso Lookout Tower". NPS Digital Library. National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2010-04-06.  (to search, use Resource Name = Ruidoso)
  2. ^ "New Mexico - Lincoln County". Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  3. ^ "Ruidoso Lookout Tower". Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  4. ^ "New Deal Properties Listed in the State Register of Cultural Properties" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  5. ^ Traylor, Herbert Lee. Tales of the Sierra Blanca: Stories of Long Ago. Pioneer Publishing Company, 1983.