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CPRR/SPRR Fire Lookout Station
on Red Mountain (Signal Peak)
Cisco Grove, CA
[In Operation: 1876-1934]
Alt: 7,680' MSL
USGS Topographical Map of Red Mountain above Cisco Grove, CA
Note: See the 1894 USGS topographical map below the thumbnail images for the legend of the orientation of the eleven numbered "Lookout Views" with respect to the CPRR fire lookout station on Red Mountain and the railroad grade.
|Red Mountain as seen from the original CPRR grade near Cisco||Red Mountain showing the location of the CPRR/SPRR fire lookout station||The 1909 stone SPRR fire lookout station atop Red Mountain (abandoned in 1934)|
|The watchman's bedroom in the SPRR fire lookout station||Lookout View #1 (E)||Lookout View #2 (SE)|
|Lookout View #3 (S)||Lookout View #4 (SSW)||Lookout View #5 - Cisco (SSW)|
|Lookout View #6 (SW)||Lookout View #7 (WSW)||Lookout View #8 (NW)|
|Lookout View #9 (NNW)||Lookout View #10 - Mark Guyer and Signal Peak (NE)||Lookout View #11 -Microwave Towers on Signal Peak (NE)|
(Click on map above to see the grade from Blue Cañon to Donner Lake.)
Map from the "Geologic Atlas of the United States, Sierra Nevada Folios: Selected California Maps (1/4 images of Quadrangle Maps) showing the Central Pacific Railroad by Waldemar Lindgren, USGS, 1894-1900."
Compare with Historic CPRR Sierra Grade Construction Views (1864-1869).
Digitized and Ortho-rectified Aerial Image Courtesy USGS (annotation
Digital photography and images by Bruce C. Cooper.