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11F Vetter Mountain (LO)

Location: Los Angeles County, California

Named by USFS surveyor Don McLain (ca. 1933) for Victor P. Vetter (nd.), a dedicated Forest Ranger and fire dispatcher. Vetter won the USFS Bissell Medal for outstanding work in forest conservation (1930).

The USFS built a fire lookout here consisting of a 14' by 14' wood cab (1930). It is currently being refurbished as a summer-use interpretive site. With the demise of the last lookouts, this recent structural form is now viewed with nostalgia as representing the romantic aspects of the early foresters. Mike McIntyre, Forest Archaeologist, noted "when you think of the Forest Service you think of Smokey the Bear, and the Ranger in his lookout searching for fires". Because it has been declared an historic site the old lookout is being expensively restored plank for plank with original materials.

Variant Name no longer in use: Pine Mountain (USGS Tujunga quad 1904).

Called "Mount Vetter" on original HPS List.

Name first appears on USGS Mount Wilson Advance Sheet (1934).

Peak was on the original 1946 HPS Peak List. Weldon Heald climbed this peak in 1940.

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