Panoramic Fire Lookout Photographs, 1934-1935, 1937

About this Collection

This series consists of a set of forty panoramic photographs taken from fire lookouts and lookout points (proposed lookout sights) in Yosemite National Park. Most photographs were taken in 1934, though a few date to 1937. They appear to be part of a U. S. Forest Service (USFS) project conducted around this time, although scant documentation about the photographs and about the USFS project exists in the National Park Service (NPS) archives. Accompanying the images is a letter to Superintendent C.G. Thomson of Yosemite National Park, dated 1935 and signed by the project photographer, Lester M. Moe, USFS forester/photographer. The letter lists the panoramic photographs to be donated to a variety of Yosemite locations and is paired with a distribution list that outlines the specific photographs to be given to each ranger station, office, and lookout in Yosemite National Park and in Sierra and Stanislaus National Forests. The letter and envelope mention enclosed vertical angle scales (to assist with image viewing), but these are not present in the collection. Lookout points in Yosemite National Park contemporaneous with these photographs were the Merced Grove (Crane Flat) Lookout, Aspen Valley Lookout, Henness Ridge, Signal Peak, Pilot Peak, Smith Peak, Sentinel Dome, Bald Mountain, Wawona Point, and Wood’s Ridge. View this collection on the contributor's website.
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