Bald Mountain Lookout Site (Nelson County)
US 1715, VA 17

Photo courtesy of Kennan Seaman

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1715, VA 17 (view other lookout sites in United States, Virginia)
Date Registered June 5, 2018
Nominated by Kennan Seaman
Location Nelson County, Virginia
Coordinates N 37° 55.034' W 079° 03.801' (view using Google Maps)
N 37° 55' 02" W 079° 03' 48"
N 37.917225° W 079.063348°
Elevation 3,596 ft (1,096 m)
Built early 1960s
Removed 1970s
Administered by Virginia Department of Forestry


This steel lookout was built by the Virginia Department of Forestry in the late 1930s. It was removed in the 1970s. Only concrete footers remain as of 2018. A cabin at the base of the tower provided lodging for lookouts.

Mr. Seaman (radio call sign KID-363) was a lookout at this site in the early 1960s. His son Kennan recalls visiting the site with his father, who showed him how the Osborne Fire Finder was used.


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