A free public ceremony will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. to celebrate the Clay Butte Lookout’s placement on the National Register of Historic Places.
The ceremony will be held at the tower along Forest Road 142, which is a gravel road off the Beartooth Highway near the Top of the World Store. District ranger Sue Stresser will speak during the ceremony, a commemorative plaque will be unveiled and special guest Keith Kincaid will recall his days working on the construction of the tower.
The Clay Butte Lookout was completed in 1943 and was in operation until the 1960s. Thanks to the cooperation between the Shoshone National Forest and the Friends of Clay Butte, the tower is now open as a visitor center and museum. You can see the tower’s original Osbourn fire finder, learn about the history of fire lookouts, and take in the panoramic mountain view while visiting the tower.