Avenales Lookout - AWS Site - Circa 1942/43
|Registry Numbers||US 2042, CA 148 (view other lookout sites in United States, California)|
|Date Registered||April 23, 2020|
|Nominated by||Brad Eells|
Los Padres National Forest
San Luis Obispo County, California
N 35° 11.354' W 120° 14.784' (view using Google Maps)
N 35° 11' 21" W 120° 14' 47"
N 35.189225° W 120.246397°
|Elevation||2,860 ft (872 m)|
|Administered by||US Forest Service - Los Padres National Forest|
|Cooperators||US Army Ground Observer Corps|
Avenales Lookout was a dual purpose site, used for enemy aircraft spotting and fire detection. A standard AWS post structure with a ground cabin and cupola were constructed in 1942 or 1943.
The US Forest Service built, provisioned and staffed the post. The US Army reimbursed the US Forest Service for all costs. Operators were expected to report all aircraft activities and report all fires and smokes to USFS dispatch. Aircraft information was then relayed to the Army.