Siuslaw National Forest > Western Lane Fire Patrol 19S-9W-23
May 28, 1920: "Mt Roman Nose and Prairie Mountain will be used as lookouts as in the past and both these stations will be equipped with modern cabins and fire-finders. Telephone lines have already been built to these points." (The West)
August 28, 1920: "A.R. Wilcox, of the Siuslaw forest office, has just returned from Roman Nose mountain, about 13 miles southwest of Austa, where a new lookout house is to be established. There is already a lookout at this place, but the house, which is to come from Portland, already constructed has not yet arrived. Two O.A.C. students are the lookouts there." (Morning Register)
June 16, 1921: "-- Chruden left yesterday for the Siuslaw forest where he will be stationed on Roman Nose mountain this summer as lookout." (Morning Register)
July 15, 1921: "A.R. Wilcox, examiner in the office of the Siuslaw national forest in this city, yesterday held a conversation with Lawrence Chruden, lookout on Roman Nose in Douglas county, showing that the forest lines are working well. Chruden said that there was a heavy fog enveloping the mountain then and no fires had been sighted." (Morning Register)
October 17, 1921: "Arthur Wilcox, examiner of the Siuslaw national forest, has returned from spending the last five weeks on Roman Nose mountain. He and J.. Sanborn, lookout at Roman Nose, have been engaged in constructing a house on top of the mountain. The house is completed and Mr. Sanborn returned to the city with Mr. Wilcox, the fire lookout season being over." (The Eugene Guard)
June 1, 1922: "Forest Ranger E.S. Kirby, of Mapleton, is putting men at work cleaning up the trails and telephone lines to the Roman Nose lookout, which was built last year." (The Eugene Guard)
June 22, 1922: "The forest lookout on Mount Roman Nose in the Siuslaw national forest, in the northwestern part of Douglas county, yesterday reported to headquarters of the forest in Eugene that there is a fire burning in the Alsea valley in southern Lincoln county and one in the Lake Creek valley, both outside the national forest and in privately-owned timber. R.S. Shelley, supervisor of the forest, sent word to the supervising warden of the Western Lane County Fire Patrol Association." (The Morning Oregonian)
July 7, 1923: "Survey for a telephone line proposed to connect Roman Nose lookout in the Siuslaw national forest with that of the fire guard in the southern division in the Smith River district will be made next week by A.R. Wilcox, forest examiner who expects to leave for that district Monday. The line will be about 17 miles long. By use of the direct connection to be established through this section, greater accuracy in locating fires and efficiency in fighting them will be possible when the line is constructed. At present, Roman Nose lookout, one of the seven primary stations, is connected with the headquarters here (Eugene) and word has to be relayed through here to the southern division." (The Eugene Guard)
August 7, 1923: "About five miles of the 17-mile telephone line under construction in the Siuslaw national forest between Roman Nose lookout and Smith river ranger station has already been completed, returned this week-end from an administrative trip in the terrain under his administration. This line was recently laid out by A.R. Wilcox, forest examiner, the work being pushed by a crew working under Joe Clausen, foreman." (The Eugene Guard)
August 25, 1923: "Ten of the 15 miles of forest telephone line and trail construction to the Siuslaw forest ranger lookout house on Roman Nose mountain have been completed by the five-man crew at work on it and the remaining distance will be completed in about three weeks more, it is estimated by A.R. Wilcox, examiner who has returned from business in that district. When completed from the lookout down to farmer lines in the Smith river and Umpqua river district, the road line will make fire fighting much more efficient in the southern part of that territory over looked by the eminence. Ranger D.G. Knox, who occupies the lookout, will then have connection with fire fighters in the Umpqua and with Gardiner." (The Eugene Guard)
October 1, 1923: "Leonard Huck, who has been stationed at Roman Nose as lookout, has returned. The rain will now take his place." (The Eugene Guard)
June 15, 1925: "Eugene Callahan is to be the lookout at Roman Nose mountain, more familiarly known to Eugene as Saddle mountain. It appears west of the city about 30 miles on the divide between Smith river and the Siuslaw." (The Eugene Guard)
June 12, 1928: "Phillip Johnson is also here preparing to go on a lookout station. He will be located on Mt. Roman Nose for the season." (Morning Register)
August 22, 1928: "The regular lookout man on Roman Nose, Phillip Johnson, is suffering from an infection in his arm, caused by a felon on his thumb, and was obligated to visit a physician, Francis Spencer, a student at O.A.C., filled his place while he was away and will stay until Mr. Johnson is completely recovered." (The Eugene Guard)
October 1, 1933: "Veris Dahlin, lookout on Roman Nose, killed a seven-foot cougar the fore part of September." (The Forest Log)
April 6, 1934: Panorama photos were taken by Cooper.
1935: The lookout was listed as a co-op station between the Siuslaw National Forest and Western Lane FPA.
September 12, 1941: "Robert Morrow, who has been stationed at Roman Nose lookout, has returned to New York to attend the state college." (The Eugene Guard)
1953: A one-mile re-alignment of the lookout road was completed.
1957: "The construction of the replacement lookout was started, most of the exterior work was completed. $2237.04 was spent for materials and includes most of the requirements for the station." (1957 Annual Report to Oregon Department of Forestry)
1958: "The new lookout facility which was started in 1957 was completed and used this year. Considerable work was done this last December as it was necessary to vent the building to eliminate moisture condensation. The final cost of materials was $2381.02." (1958 Annual Report to Oregon Department of Forestry)
2008: The unused lookout site was reactivated as a location for the Forest Watch camera detection system.