Palix - AWS Observation Post
& Fire Lookout
AWS in Washington
Palix served as a WWII Aircraft Warning Service site. Documents during the time showed it on a list with Lookout Towers with a 10 inch firefinder. It seems likely there was some kind of fire lookout here prior to WWII. Documents say the Palix AWS lookout was requested in a covered area with heavy timber and was not a prominent point. In the vicinity, the warden identified a better location known as Clearwater Point. He continued saying that if this point was satisfactory to the Army, the State would put a tent there and establish a temporary point for the spring. They would then make a thorough search of various points along the ridge and probably would build a permanent lookout somewhere in the general vicinity. In order to get fire detection from a point on this ridge, it was recommended that a tower of 100 feet in height to be built. Records say Palix was a State of Washington building leasing private land. An existing station reconditioned (not newly constructed with AWS funds) with plans to retain for the use of the State of Washington after the war. That the state has a perminent agreement for use of station as a fire lookout.(see doc at bottom of page).
Location: SE1/4 NE1/4 SW1/4 of Section 3, T14N 9W
Elevation 1,100 feet
Owner of Land at Time: Unknown
I believe the location is not the highpoint at the Logger Benchmark but out on the east ridge about a half mile. More to come......after site visit.
Aerial Photo - 1940s
Lookout Towers List - The STR given on the list is shown on the map below.
Most likely location
Map showing the known fire lookout locations with a few unconfirmed as well
I believe it was gone by 1953
This document says: Palix was a State of Washington building leasing private land. An existing station reconditioned (not newly constructed with AWS funds) with plans to retain for the use of the State of Washington which has a perminent agreement for use of station as a fire lookout.