Milton and Ann White owned the Trail Lake Ranch and their daughters Ann and Jean worked summers in the fire tower on Warm Spring Mountain. While working at the fire tower they would also check and record data from a weather station at the same location. There were at least three fire towers in the Dubois area at one time.
This instrument is called an Osborn fire finder, it has a topo map on the plate of the visible area and then is used to sight the location of the fire or smoke then reported. These fire towers were a popular way of watching for fires to determine why and where they started, then reporting them in a quick timely manner. They were really popular from about the 1930s to about the 1950s. In some locations, they are still used because satellites report them when they are too large and some areas do not have cell phone coverage. The best way to watch can be with good old human eyes in some areas.
The Dubois Museum: Wind River Historical Center has several items on display in the Forest Service cabin from the fire tower that was on Warm Springs Mountain. Come and visit.
Re-discover the Winds by visiting the Dubois Museum, the Pioneer Museum in Lander or the Riverton Museum. Log onto www.fremontcountymuseums.com for a complete schedule of events, latest newsletter and the latest Wind River Mountaineer.
Next up for the Fremont County Museums
July 1st 11am, at the Dubois Museum, “Release of the Butterflies” McDonald’s Children’s Exploration Series (conclusion of “Building a Butterfly Nursery”
July 8th 9am at the Dubois Museum, “Tie Hack Trek” Wind River Visitors Council Adventure Trek Series
July 13th 7pm at the Pioneer Museum, “Poetry and Song by Darra Perez, Wyoming Community Bank Discovery Speakers Series
July 15th 3pm at the Riverton Museum, “History of the J.B. Okie Family” by Zane Fross, Wyoming Community Bank Discovery Speakers Series
The Dubois Museum, the Pioneer Museum in Lander and the Riverton Museum need your financial support. In the current economic environment the museums are more reliant than ever on donations from the private sector to continue to provide the quality programs, collections management, exhibits and services that have become their hallmark over the last three and half years. Please make your tax deductible contribution to be used specifically for the benefit of the museum of your choosing by sending a check to Fremont County Museums 450 N 2nd Rm 320 or taking it directly to the museum you choose to support.