Temple Lookout Site
US 1927, CA 107
Temple Lookout - 1947

Temple Lookout - 1947 - courtesy of Pasadena Star-News

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1927, CA 107 (view other lookout sites in United States, California)
Date Registered February 19, 2020
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location Los Angeles County, California
Coordinates N 34° 06.778' W 118° 00.033' (view using Google Maps)
N 34° 06' 47" W 118° 00' 02"
N 34.112968° W 118.000552°
Elevation 361 ft (110 m)
Built 1937
Removed 1947
Administered by Los Angeles County Fire Department


Temple Lookout was a 8x8 observation cabin on a 75 foot X-Brace open steel tower. A residence cabin and garage was also built.

The lookout was dedicated on June 2, 1937. William D. Reed was the first lookout operator.

The location is described as California Street, north of Arrow Highway. The site was a low elevation location designed to have a full view of San Gabriel, Sawpit and Dalton Canyons as well as the entire San Gabriel Mountains front range.

Temple was closed in 1947 due to smog rendering it's view of the mountain front useless. The structure was shortly thereafter dismantled and the property returned to the City of Monrovia.


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Temple Lookout Closure Article

Temple Lookout Closure Article - courtesy of Pasadena Star-News