June 1912: "Edson Butte Ranger Station. Area, 20 acres. Posted June 1912, but not reported on. This station is used as look-out station during the fire season and is the only available place for such a station in this locality as the altitude is about 3200 feet giving a good view of all the surrounding country for miles around. Improvements consist of a good cabin 12 x 16, 6 feet to plates, that will be used as a place to store tools and equipment for fire fighting purposes. There is approximately 5 acres of very good grazing land on this station that is always used for rangers and Forest Officers horses during the summer season. This area was never applied for under the Act of June 11, 1906. Location, S 1/2 NE 1/4 SW 1/4, section 23, T. 31-14." (L Stations R.D. #1, Siskiyou National Forest)
c. 1941: A 14-foot tower was constructed.
September 11, 1942: A report by W.N. Parke, AWS Inspector, stated that a 20x22 portable building, sealed and double walled, was almost completed.
1951: "A new 20 foot tower with a standard 14 x 14 lookout cabin was built at Edson Butte replacing the old lookout building. The twenty foot tower gives considerably better visibility from Edson Butte than we had in the past." "Edson Butte LO - total cost of construction $2840.02, labor $1519.20, Materials $1320.82." (Oregon Department of Forestry Annual Report - 1951)
September 20, 1957: "The blaze broke out Thursday night, six miles northeast of Langlois in Curry County, and swept the flames through slash and snags. The Edson Butte lookout station was evacuated but fire fighters were able to save it." (Herald and News)
September 21, 1957: "The fire started six miles north east of Langlois Thursday and with the aid of an east wind burned quickly through slash and snags. By late Friday the size of the fire had increased only five per cent, according to Ted Maul, Salem forestry official. The Edson Butte lookout station was evacuated but firefighters were able to save it." (The Oregon Statesman)
1974: A 50-foot treated timber tower with a 14x14 cab was constructed.
1996: At approximately 5:30, the afternoon of December 31st, high winds caused the tower to collapse. As told by Gordon Cottrell, of the Department of Forestry Radio Shop, in Roseburg: The radio at the lookout failed a few days before the collapse, Mr. Cottrell made a trip to the site to reset the equipment. When called later that the radio was off the air again, he sent a crew from the Coos FPA to check and maybe reset the breaker again, on arrival they discovered the tower in a heap.
1999: A new steel tower with a steel cab was constructed.
2010: A smoke detection camera system was installed at the Edson Butte lookout by the Coos FPA.