Hallie M. Daggett

 

The first woman employed by the Forest Service as a fire lookout was Hallie M. Daggett (pictured here),who started work at Eddy's Gulch Lookout Station atop Klamath Peak (Klamath National Forest) in the summer of 1913 and worked for 14 years. "Some of the Service men predicted that after a few days of life on the peak she would telephone that she was frightened by the loneliness and the danger, but she was full of pluck and high spirit...[and] she grew more and more in love with the work. Even when the telephone wires were broken and when for a long time she was cut off from communication with the world below she did not lose heart. She not only filled the place with all the skill which a trained man could have shown but she desires to be reappointed when the fire season opens this year" [1914] (American Forestry 1914: 174, 176).

Hallie M. Daggett was the daughter of John Daggett owner of Black Bear Mine. He served as Lt Governor of CA and was Superintendent of the San Francisco Mint.

first female forest service fire lookout playing with her dog in front of an old cabin

Hallie M. Daggett, first woman Forest Service field officer, plays with her dog at Eddy Gulch Station on Klamath Peak. Miss Daggett served as a fire lookout for 14 seasons.

She was given 2 days off per month and was paid $840 per year.

photos courtesy: Siskiyou County Museum

First female fire lookout stands next to old cabin with horse packed with supplies and dog

Hallie M. Daggett and her pack horse ready to leave the Eddy Gulch Station in the fall.

Miss Daggett was the first woman ever to be hired for a field position by the Forest Service and served 15 seasons at Eddy Gulch.

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