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$500 reward offered for information on vandalism of Hahns Peak fire lookout

Historic Routt County has opened an endowment fund with the Yampa Valley Community Foundation to preserve and maintain historic landmarks in the area. One of the projects that spurred the need for more preservation funds is the historic Hahn's Peak fire lookout, which was vandalized in the summer of 2018.
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Authorities have announced a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest in an incident of vandalism to the historic Hahns Peak fire lookout.

On or around July 4, vandals broke 13 windows and badly damaged a door and a historic object used to determine the direction of fires that was inside the building. The U.S. Forest Service said a preliminary cost estimate of the damage was in excess of $5,000.

Routt County Crime Stoppers is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest in the incident. Anyone with information about who caused damage to the lookout building is asked to call 970-870-6226 or 800-230-9339.

People can also text NABM followed by the tip to 274637, or people can click Crime Stoppers/Text a Tip web-based reporting and complete an online form. People with information may also contact Routt County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch at 970-879-1090.

Report a tip

• Call Routt County Crime Stoppers at 970-870-6226 or 800-230-9339. You can also give information to Routt County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at 970-879-1090.

• Text the letters “NABM” followed by your tip to 274637.

• Click the Crime Stoppers/Text a Tip web-based reporting system and complete an online form.

The Hahns Peak lookout is one of the oldest fire lookouts in the state. Records show the lookout was built around 1912, though some iteration of it might have existed as early as 1908, Historic Routt County Executive Director Emily Katzman told the Steamboat Pilot & Today earlier this week.

The lookout fell out of use around the 1940s when authorities began using aircraft to watch for fire. The structure began to fall into disrepair, largely due to exposure and vandalism, Katzman said. In 2014, the Hahns Peak lookout was listed on Colorado’s Most Endangered Places List.

A restoration effort kicked off in 2015. During the course of three summers, from 2015 to 2017, several organizations worked to restore the building to its 1940 condition.

Multiple organizations spend more than $100,000 to renovate the property, an effort that required hiking logs up to the 10,839-foot summit of Hahns Peak. The U.S. Forest Service, Historic Routt County, Colorado State Historical Fund, Museum & Heritage Fund of Routt County, HistoriCorps, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and Job Corps contributed to the restoration effort.

To reach Eleanor Hasenbeck, call 970-871-4210, email ehasenbeck@steamboattoday.com or follow her on Twitter, @elHasenbeck.

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