The summit was first inhabited in 1917, when a rag camp and open-sided firefinder shelter served as the first lookout. The site was destroyed by lightning in 1921. It was not until 1935 that the first permanent structure, the present L-4 cab, was constructed. It saw little use beyond the 1960's and fell into disrepair. The cabin was restored in the 1990's and once again staffed.
Willamette National Forest
7 miles north of McKenzie Bridge
Linn County, Oregon
Elevation 5369'
USGS Benchmark QE2633

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Carpenter Mtn. in 1917 Carpenter Mtn. L.O.
Photos courtesy the Fire Lookout Museum and Howard Verschoor