September 1, 1942: "This post was inspected yesterday in company with State Fire Warden George Bunke. Observers on duty are Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ballou. The post was activated August 30 and consequently has not been in service long enough for observers to have much practice in their AWS work. The observers had not received their logbook or instructions from the Army but they had an acceptable knowledge of aircraft spotting and reporting. Improvements consist of a 7'x7' cabin on a 110-foot tower, a 14'x16' one-room ground house of late model, and an 18'x18' garage, part of which is walled off for storage. The tower cabin will not be very satisfactory for winter AWS observation work and since the ground cabin commands a good view for aircraft detection work, this building is recommended for use as living quarters and observation work. Additional sleeping quarters are needed. This can be provided either by sealing in and flooring a room in the garage or building a sleeping room extension to the one-room cabin. Warden Bunke prefers to have the extension to the ground cabin and since he has shingles, nails, and skilled labor on hand and the material cost for either development should not exceed $100, it is recommended that a bedroom (12x14) be added to the ground cabin. The cabin has a good stove and if the bedroom were added, no other stoves would be needed. Ample space is available in the garage for fuel storage and about seven cords are already stored. To improve the view from the ground cabin, Warden Bunke plans to thin out some trees. Provisions for blackouts are planned." (A letter to James Frankland, USFS Engineering from W.N. Parke, AWS Inspector)
October 16, 1943: The Army de-activated the AWS station effective 1800 hours.
August 18, 1968: "The age of the forest fire lookout is fast dying. For the first time in many years, the lookout at Lenhart Butte does n ot have anyone on a permanent basis for the summer. Now, only two lookouts remain in the once large chain of towers operated by Clackamas-Marion. More modern, more sophisticated fire spotting devices are being used these days, as the era of lookout towers join the biplanes and Model T's as American legends. High flying planes are able to cover a much larger area at one time, and are used frequently. A new infrared device, known as 'Fire Scan" is being tested, and is said to be able to scan 3,000 square miles in an hour, compared with a comparatively scant 600 square miles coverage by visual air patrol." (The Sunday Oregonian)