From the mid 1930s into the 1970s, lookouts for the Forest Service stood watch on Argentine Rock over Quincy to guard against any approaching fire. Husband/wife teams lived up on Argentine, making occasional trips to Quincy for supplies as they stood watch. And who, among local residents, has not made the trip up the winding switchbacks to Brady’s Camp and then the short hike out to Argentine? It’s a local icon.
But the building has fallen on hard times. It survived the Dixie Fire — wrapped up in fire proofing by firefighters — many thanks to them. Still the old building isn’t what it used to be. But a group of local residents is working to restore it, and can use your help.
The Forest Fire Lookout Association is a national group working to restore lookouts across the country, and has assisted many local groups in doing so. A local chapter has formed here in Quincy – the Argentine Rock Chapter, made up of local citizens who want to see this local landmark saved. They have been meeting over the last year doing planning for the project, and have numerous activities set up for this summer. Anyone interested is encouraged to join.
The goal is to restore the building to its former glory, and use it as a fire lookout again, and perhaps as a place for the public to stay overnight. And it will stand as a symbol of our resilience to fire – Plumas Strong!
The group will have its next meeting on Tuesday, June 28, at 6 p.m. at the Greenhorn Fire Hall, 2044 Red Bluff Trail, Quincy, Ca. 95971. All are welcome to come.
Visits to the Lookout will take place soon where the group will make decisions about the restoration process.
The group will have a booth at the County Fair to educate people about the project and seek more support. The group will have a truck with banners in the Fair Parade. Work parties will be scheduled through to summer to begin the process.
Anyone and everyone is invited to participate in this community-based project. You don’t have to be a carpenter to help. There are many different tasks to be done- many hands make light work. The volunteers need sandwiches!
Questions contact Chairman Jeff Greef at [email protected]