FIELD TRIP #2: Deans Mountain Lookout & CCC "Virtual" Road Trip
Southwestern Oregon Community College [SWOCC]

David Gould and Cougar Pass Lookout Tower. April 16, 2020 photo by McKenzie Peters.

F 251 Recreation Resource Management
April 28, 2020

Tasha Livingstone, Instructor, Forestry/Natural Resources
Dr. Bob Zybach, Program Manager,
David Gould, Field Guide, Coos Bay Timber Operators, Inc.
McKenzie Peters, Videographer, NW Maps Co.
Nancy Stewart, Scholfield Valley Wood Products, Inc.

This "virtual" field trip has been asembled from recent on-site videotaping, past SWOCC F 251 student reports, ORWW educational websites content, on-site oral history recordings and transcripts, maps, and photographs. The tour focuses on the four former lookout sites on the Elliott -- Deans Mountain, Cougar Pass, Elk Peak, and Trail Butte -- as connected by the 1930s CCC road network, Quuiich and Hanis Indian trails, 1962 Columbus Day Storm roads, and Gould-McClay family pack trails. A "four peaks in one day" challenge might be a fun and rewarding recreational activity, particularly if accomplished on foot or by bike to a starting point!

This website is a continuation of Workshop #1 Introductions and Field Trip #1 Elkhorn Ranch.

These "virtual" field trips are intended to be about 3 1/2 hours or so in length. The principal uses of this time are the current 25-minute video, previously recorded oral history interviews, maps, photos, and select written materials, linked below.* These recordings and documents are primarily focused on the records, perspectives, and memories of Jerry Phillips and David Gould. Because of recording circumstances -- including wind, distance from recorder, mumbling, road rock, equipment quality, etc. -- some portions of the recordings are difficult to understand. It is recommended that headphones or high level volume settings may be helpful to better understand segments of poorly recorded spoken words. If such efforts result in identifying errors in transcriptions, please notify authors so that corrections can be made for future users.

Suggested uses of these resources include first spending 10-20 minutes becoming familiar with the organization and contents of the ORWW Deans Mountain field trip website and the 2019 SWOCC handout; followed by viewing the video while tracing the route on the "virtual" roads and lookouts field trip map -- all linked below. Each of the nine designated stops can then be revisited by following the links to the oral history recordings while skimming the transcripts, other texts, and/or viewing the photographs specific to the three topics assigned to each student. Specific helpful texts can then be noted by source and page numbers; recordings by tape number, minute, and second locations; and ORWW photos and maps by their individual JPEG filenames.

Any suggestions or recommendations for improving these methods welcomed! Next week will be the second (of three total) workshops, in which authors will construct working drafts of their project, including tests of significance (an easy, short paragraph); a brief referenced description of their topic (1-3 pages); and a selection of map(s) and four illustrative photos from existing ORWW files or personal creation. Field trip #3 will be the second week in May and include the BLM elk viewing area, Hinsdale rhododendron garden, Loon Lake, Huckleberry Point, Indian Point, Scottsburg, and an old-growth tree on the road to Cougar Pass.

ORWW Deans Mountain Field Trip Website:

2019 SWOCC Deans Mountain Field Trip Handout (12 pp.):

2020 SWOCC Deans Mountain and "Virtual" CCC Road Trip Map:

2020 SWOCC "Virtual" Field Trip #2 Video (24:51):

Stop #1 CCC Camp Walker

Caulked Boots and Cheese Sandwiches (Phillips 1998: 31-51):
Camps and Calluses (Lansing 2014: 130-135):

ADDITIONAL:* Transcript 11-A (pp. 108-109):

Stop #2 CCC Scholfield Road

Caulked Boots and Cheese Sandwiches (Phillips 1998: 52-61):
Recording 10-B (28:20 to 47:26):
Transcript 10-B/11-A (pp. 91-107):

Stop #3 Deans Mountain Lookout

Caulked Boots and Cheese Sandwiches (Phillips 1998: 82-90):
Transcript 10-B (pp. 81-89):
Photos December 6, 2017 (37: 1490-1554):

ADDITIONAL:* Recording 7-C (16:46 to 29:58):
Transcript 7-C (pp. 140-146):

Stop #4 CCC Mud Flats Side Camp

Caulked Boots and Cheese Sandwiches (Phillips 1998: 59-62):
Recording 11-A (32:48 to 47:26):
Transcript 11-A/11-B (pp. 124-128):

ADDITIONAL:* Recording 7-C (29:58 to 47:20):
Transcript 7-C (146-153):

Stop #5 CCC Cougar Pass Lookout

Caulked Boots and Cheese Sandwiches (Phillips 1998: 92-94):
Recording 3-B (4:15 to 23:35):
Transcript 3-B (pp. 97-106):
Photos October 10, 2017 (15: 0902-0916):


Stop #6 CCC Umpcoos Road Vista

Caulked Boots and Cheese Sandwiches (Phillips 1998: 73-75):
Camps and Calluses (Lansing 2014: 113-115):
Recording 2-B (35:28 to 47:33):
Transcript 2-B (pp. 60-69):

Stop #7 Elk's Peak Lookout

Caulked Boots and Cheese Sandwiches (Phillips 1998: 90-92):
Recording 2-A (35:08 to 50:32):
Transcript 2-A (pp. 37-39):

ADDITIONAL:* Above the Falls (Youst 2003: 93-96, 167, 186):
Recording 2-B (27:01 to 35:08)
Transcript 2-B (pp. 55-60):

Stop #8 1000 Road Weyerhaeuser Vista

Above the Falls (Youst 2003: 188-189):
"The 1945-1947 Weyerhaeuser Coos Bay Study" (Zybach 2018: 31-39):

Stop #9 Trail Butte Lookout

Caulked Boots and Cheese Sandwiches (Phillips 1998: 94-96):
Lost in Coos (Youst 2011: 75-79, 97-102):

*NOTE: The term "ADDITIONAL" in these links are for sources of additional information regarding the stops. They are intended to be used to better follow topics or locations of particular individual interest; assuming students have not used the entire 3 1/2 hours of time by first going through the linked materials, or because they want to spend additional time of their own on the topic or location.

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