Spokane, Washington: Back Yard Fire Lookout Tower and Museum

A museum about fire lookout towers occupies a suburban house, with a real tower standing in the back yard.

123 W. Westview Ave., Spokane, WA
At the home of Ray and Rita Kresek. Seven miles north of downtown Spokane. Drive north on US 2/395. Where the highways split, follow US 395 north a quarter-mile, then turn left onto Westview Ave.
Open March-Nov. by appt (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Free, donations accepted.
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Lookout tower.

Fire Lookout Museum

Fire lookout museum with real, fully-equipped lookout tower; a complete, running fire truck, etc.

[jim smith, 05/19/2014]

The most unusual thing about this museum (and its tower) is that it's in someone's back yard. July 2016: photo added.

Fire Lookout Tower

You can see a really cool fire lookout tower from the 1930's in Ray Kresek's backyard.

He's got an entire museum featuring all sorts of stuff used by the forest-fire fighters and the guys in the towers. Like the little stools with glass insulators on their feet -- imagine standing on that tiny little piece of real estate during a lightning storm - while you're perched inside a metal box on four long metal poles way up in the sky above the tree tops. (they don't use lookout towers any more). He's got 38 pieces of US Forest Service chinaware (1930's). oooohhh. A bunch of old fire tools like adze hoes, backpack pumpcans, headlamps,saws and even a firetruck.

The best part about visiting is talking with Ray and his wife Rita. Ray has written a couple of books on the subject of Lookout Towers in the Northwest. Admission is by appointment and free.

[Elroy, 05/10/2000]

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