Leecher has had a long and varied history of structures. The first was a crow's nest tree lookout dating from as early as 1918 located 1000' south of the present tower (still there). In 1921, a 45' steel windmill tower with a 6x6' cab was built, along with an 18x22' log cabin, which was replaced by an L-4 cab for living quarters in 1936. In 1954, lots of moving of structures took place. The steel tower was moved to the North Cascades Smokejumper Base for a jump training loft. The ground-mounted L-4 cabin was moved to Slate Peak Lookout, where it was destroyed two years later for a radar station that was never built. The present 41' treated timber tower with L-4 cab was constructed the same year, with the cab coming from Chiliwist Butte Lookout, 10 miles to the east. Used for emergency fire detection during the summer since the 1980's, restoration work took place in 2009 with the lookout being returned to full-time staffing in 2010!
Okanogan National Forest
9 miles SE of Twisp
Okanogan County, Washington
Elevation 5020'
USGS Benchmark TQ0442
USGS Benchmark TQ0443
USGS Benchmark TQ0444

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Leecher Mtn. in 1934 Leecher Mtn. L.O. Leecher Mtn. in 1942 Leecher Mtn. in 1940 Leecher Mtn. L.O. Leecher Mtn. L.O. Leecher Mtn. in 1999 Leecher Mtn. L.O. tree in 1999 Leecher Mtn. L.O. tree in 1999
Photos courtesy the Fire Lookout Museum and Rex Kamstra