First used as a camp lookout in 1912, a platform tower and log cabin were built in 1918. The cabin was burned by hunters, and replaced in 1926 (this cabin is still there). A 30' wooden tower with live-in cab was built in 1933. An army-surplus 80' steel tower, with the original cab from the 1933 tower at the 30' level, was built in 1948. It had been staffed into the 1990's, and is presently on emergency status. The tower is listed on the National Historic Lookout Register.
Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association
5 miles northeast of Elk River
Clearwater County, Idaho
Elevation 5824'
USGS Benchmark RZ1740
USGS Benchmark RZ1741

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Elk Butte L.O. Elk Butte in 2014
Photos courtesy of Gary Weber and Luke Channer