East Butte Lookout Salvage
Material salvaged from East Butte Lookout on the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest was critical to the reconstruction of Sand Mountain Lookout. This was especially true of the 18 windows that were stashed in the back of Cabin Lake Guard Station by a USFS employee who had been told to burn them after the lookout was remodeled. “I just couldn’t bring myself to do burn them,” he said. “I was hoping that some day there would be a need just like this.”
The material from East Butte that was donated by the Dechutes National Forest represents the only project to date in which the SMS did not conduct the actual disassembly of the resources provided. That work had been done by the Forest. In addition to the windows, other materials were also donated, such as beaded ceiling boards.
Sand Mountain has other interesting ties to East Butte: Don Allen Jr. filled-in for Paul and Chris Boring (contactors) at East Butte in the spring of 1987 and looked through the very same windows. Also, Paul Boring staffed Sand Mountain for part of the 1993 field season before returning to East Butte for several more years.
The Borings also had ties to Sisi Butte Lookout.