May 1940: "Position is apparently in a fog belt. Its seen area takes in some high rate of spread country, but lightning does not seem to be much of a factor, and but few man-caused fires have occurred within the national forest boundaries seen by this position. It has not in past years been manned prior to mid-July, but has been kept on until late in September." (Plans, Guard Placement, Siskiyou National Forest)
1941: The lookout was staffed 65 days. reported to the Powers ranger Station by way of West Coast Telephone.
1957: A new 13x13 all steel CL-100 lookout house was constructed.
1973: The lookout site was discontinued, the structure was flown by helicopter to the Lake of the Woods lookout to replace an earlier building.
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - BARKLOW LOOKOUT TOWER PID - OA0888 STATE/COUNTY- OR/CURRY COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - BARKLOW MOUNTAIN (1986)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1942 (JCS) THIS INTERSECTION STATION IS LOCATED IN THE SISKIYOU NATIONAL FOREST 17 MILES E OF PORT ORFORD, 10 MILES SW OF POWERS RANGER STATION AT POWERS, 5-3/4 MILES WSW OF CHINA FLATS, AND ABOUT 5 MILES S OF THE OLD POWERS RANCH NEAR THE MOUTH OF TIM CREEK. LOOKOUT IS ON THE NW END OF THE PROMINENT, BALD, ROCKY RIDGE KNOWN AS BARKLOW MOUNTAIN AND ON THE SAME POINT AS THE U.S.C. AND G.S. TRIANGULATION STATION BARKLOW 1942.
BARKLOW LOOKOUT IS A 10- BY 10-FOOT GREY COLORED HOUSE WITH GLASS WINDOWS ALL AROUND, AND IS ABOUT 10 FEET HIGH. BUILDING SETS ON THE GROUND, HAS A CONICAL-SHAPED ROOF WITH A LIGHTNING ROD AT THE APEX WHICH IS TAKEN TO BE THE CENTER OF THE LOOKOUT. LOOKOUT IS LOCATED ABOUT 35 FEET SE OF THE MOST NORTHERLY POINT OF THE RIDGE, AT A POINT WHERE THE TRAIL REACHES THE RIDGE TOP. LINE FROM THE TRIANGULATION STATION BARKLOW 1942 WAS MEASURED TO A PLUMB LINE FROM THE LIGHTNING ROD AFFIXED TO THE ROOF OF THE LOOKOUT.