|St. Joe National Forest
The Three Tree Butte Lookout was a Crow’s-Nest tree and tent camp.
Established in the 1930s, abandoned in the 1940s.
It was likely only manned during episodes of high fire danger.
We’d heard a rumor of an existing crows nest at this location and so set out to find it for ourselves to determine if anything remained. After about an hour of searching we were rewarded to find the crows nest, while not intact, still recognizable.
The platform was secured between two trees when in operation. Currently the platform is collapsed but several planks are still secured to one tree with large nails. The phone lines were a single #9 galvanized wire and are still attached to the trees at the platform, running to each tree and trailing on the ground in different directions.
One of the trees shows equally spaced divots where climbing spikes or a ladder were attached while in use.
We canvased the area in search of the trash pit but were only able to find a single tin can with a lead plug (dating about 100 years old) near an area we assume to have been the temporary camp.