Ruidoso Lookout Tower

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Ruidoso Lookout Tower
Ruidoso Lookout Tower is located in New Mexico
Ruidoso Lookout Tower
Ruidoso Lookout Tower is located in USA
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.