Martin Point never had a permanent lookout structure. Instead, a rather ingenious solution to temporary lookout needs came out of Forest Service Region 1: the pop-up mobile lookout trailer. The USFS developed and built a half dozen trailers in 1959, and they have been used at several sites where constructing a permanent structure was not necessary. The mobile lookouts even had luxuries most permanent lookouts envied such as propane-fueled lights, oven, refrigerator, and furnace, plus hot running water and a shower! In the 1970's the trailers saw use as aircraft control centers at small airstrips during fire emergencies, but they have since all been retired from active service.
Lolo National Forest
15 miles west of Missoula
Missoula County, Montana
Elevation 6034'

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Martin Point L.O.
Photo courtesy the Dave Bula collection