Clayton Lookout Sketch
|Registry Numbers||US 2076, WY 3 (view other lookout sites in United States, Wyoming)|
|Date Registered||March 14, 2022|
|Nominated by||Brad Eells|
Shoshone National Forest
Park County, Wyoming
N 44° 24.519' W 109° 43.699' (view using Google Maps)
N 44° 24' 31" W 109° 43' 42"
N 44.408658° W 109.728325°
|Elevation||10,219 ft (3,115 m)|
|Administered by||US Forest Service - Shoshone National Forest|
An L-4 cabin on a 20 timber tower built in 1940. No photograph has been located.
Removal Date is unknown. Nothing remains at the site.
The Firefighters Memorial.—On August 21, 1937, 15 men lost their lives in what is known as the Blackwater Fire. Along the Cody-Yellowstone Highway, 36 miles west of Cody, at the mouth of Blackwater Creek, a large cut stone monument has been constructed by the Forest Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps, to commemorate the memory of these men. The fire, which originated 4 miles south of the memorial, burned over 1,254 acres.
The Memorial Trail, a splendid foot or horse trail, begins at the Firefighters Monument and leads to the burned-over area and to Clayton Gulch, located 6 miles south, where a stone marker with a huge bronze plaque has been constructed to mark the site where Ranger Alfred G. Clayton and14 others died as a result of burns suffered on this fire.
Upon the recommendation of the Forest Service, the United States Board of Geographic Names has changed the name of Double Mountain, which is the highest point in the vicinity of the Blackwater area, to Clayton Mountain, in honor of Ranger Clayton. A lookout tower is being constructed on Clayton Mountain, which commands a view of a considerable area of the Shoshone National Forest.
-Shoshone National Forest Report, 1940