The Lady Lookouts


Last updated 5/2/2024 at 11:35am

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Glen Corbett and a friend on Henkle Butte in 2021.

In 1913 a ranger in California reported his top choice for a fire lookout post was "no gentleman." He hoped his supervisor's heart could stand the shock of the novel idea of hiring a woman. Hallie Daggett knew the country, was good with a horse and rifle, and unafraid of anything that walked, crept, or flew. She got the job and served admirably for 15 years as the first woman lookout in the country.

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