February 5, 1950: "The Goat mountain fire lookout tower 17 miles east of here collapsed beneath the weight of snow and ice January 14, George Bunke, district fire warden, said Saturday. Residents of the area had noticed the tower was no longer visible. Bunke said the 80-foot structure, topped by a 14-by-14-foot house, apparently fell when its supporting timbers buckled. He said the guy wires were still fastened to their anchors." (The Sunday Oregonian)
February 5, 1950: "The Goat mountain fire lookout tower 17 miles east of here has fallen victim to the cold winter. District Fire Warden George Bunke said the 80-foot structure had collapsed under the weight of snow and ice. (The Oregon Statesman)
February 6, 1950: "Weight of snow and ice has collapsed the 80-foot high Goat mountain fire lookout tower 17 miles east of here(Molalla)." (The News-Review)
February 1950: "The 80-foot Goat Mountain lookout tower located about 10 miles northeast of the North Fork headquarters of the Clackamas-Marion Protective association, went down in the ice and wind storm of January 14, according to a report by George Bunke, district warden. A 14 x 14 cabin was on top of the tower. Bunke says that the snow has been so deep that they have been unable to get to the tower and make an investigation but is thought that the heavy accumulation of ice, together with the high winds at the time, was more than the tower could stand. It was one of the standard types of ring connected towers. Just as soon as the roads are open an examination is to be made to determine whether any structural failure was the cause of the destruction of the tower. It will probably be replaced during the coming summer. This is the second tower that has gone down in recent years due to wind storms. The Fanno Mountain tower, a 90-foot structure, went down during the war in a high wind. The AWS lookouts were there at the time and reported a 100-mile wind shortly after the tower collapsed." (The Forest Log)
March 1950: "An examination of the wreckage of the Goat Mountain lookout tower which went down during one of the severe winter storms, indicates that the structure was crushed by the weight of ice that accumulated during a sleet storm. The 80-foot tower with the 14 x 14 cabin on top was found buckled with the guy wires still attached and the roof of the cabin still intact. The lookout is located about 10 miles northeast of the North Fork station. Residents who could see the tower stated that it was standing on January 13 following a high wind storm. It was also seen at 1:30 p.m. on January 14 but a telephone linesman stated that it had vanished by 4 p.m. of that day. At the meeting of the directors of the Clackamas-Marion Forest protective association held on February 24, it was decided to reconstruct the tower." (The Forest Log)
July 16, 1985: An 82-foot treated timber tower without a cab occupied the site.
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - GOAT MOUNTAIN LOT PID - RD2422 STATE/COUNTY- OR/CLACKAMAS COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - ELWOOD (1986) STATION DESCRIPTION
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1953 (LGT) THE STATION IS LOCATED NEAR THE HIGHEST PART OF GOAT MOUNTAIN, ABOUT 11 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF ESTACADA AND ABOUT 10 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF COLTON IN THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SEC. 14., T. 5S., R. 4 E., ON LAND OWNED BY THE CROWN ZELLERBACH CORPORATION.
A TRAVERSE CONNECTION WAS MADE TO TRIANGULATION STATION GOAT 1953, THE DISTANCE BEING 70.73 FEET, 21.560 METERS NORTH-NORTHWEST OF STATION GOAT.
THE STATION IS THE CENTER OF THE OREGON STATE FOREST SERVICE LOOKOUT TOWER WHICH IS A WOODEN STRUCTURE 24X24-FEET AT THE BASE AND IS 90 FEET TO THE EAVES PLUS APPROXIMATELY 4 FEET TO THE TOP.
STATION RECOVERY (1970)
RECOVERY NOTE BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1970 (LFS) THE STATION WAS RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED EXCEPT THAT THE CAB HAS BEEN TAKEN OFF THE LOOKOUT LEAVING THE FLOOR AS A PLATFORM.
AIRLINE DISTANCE AND DIRECTION FROM NEAREST TOWN 13 MILES EAST OF MOLALLA.