Boulder Hill Lookout Site
US 2093, SD 3
Tower foundations looking south from site

Tower foundations looking south from site - courtesy of Shawn Barrows

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 2093, SD 3 (view other lookout sites in United States, South Dakota)
Date Registered June 8, 2022
Nominated by Shawn Barrows
Location Black Hills National Forest
Pennington County, South Dakota
Coordinates N 43° 57.707' W 103° 23.893' (view using Google Maps)
N 43° 57' 42" W 103° 23' 54"
N 43.961783° W 103.398217°
Elevation 5,175 ft (1,577 m)
Built 1939
Removed circa 1961
Administered by U.S. Forest Service


This 30-foot tower was built in Spring 1939 and featured a 14'-by-14' live-in cab. The tower was built to spot fires in the areas south of Rapid, Spring, and Battle creeks. It was originally staffed by lookout William Grover and was to be manned for the entire fire season.

Appropriations to support the tower ended in 1961. By 2022, all that remains are the concrete foundations for the tower and its stairs.


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