Forest Service fire lookouts are a hardy, self-sufficient bunch. In 1965, the Forest Service published this brief Cook Book, a fascinating look at the tips and recipes offered to help new lookouts get through their first summer without starving.
(USFS photos, from left: Camp Bellville Lookout, Lassen National Forest, California, 1938; Cold Mountain Fire Lookout cabin with lookout tower behind it, Krassel District, Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, Idaho; Santiago Peak Lookout, Cleveland National Forest, California, 1916.)
(USFS photos, from left: Cleveland National Forest lookout, California, 1962; unloading Ford Trimotor at Moose Creek Ranger Station, Nez Perce National Forest, Idaho, 1940; Weitas Butte Lookout, Clearwater National Forest, Idaho, 1961.)
If you’re curious about recipes, you can view the entire Cook Book as a PDF.
Cover photo: view from inside the Granite Mountain Lookout, Payette National Forest, 2008; McCall Digest.