1911: A lookout was established at this point. The first version of the Osborne fire-finder was installed on a post in the open. (The Sunday Oregonian -6/18/1950)
August 9, 1912: "Telephones are located on the summits of Battleax and Coffin mountains from which the lookouts can talk to Albany or Portland." (Albany Democrat)
c.1918: The lookout consisted of an Alidade.
June 27, 1918: "The lookout on Battle Ax Mountain, near Detroit, discovered a fire from 15 to 20 miles west of the mountain." (Oregonian)
November 1922: "The construction of one standard lookout house on Battle Axe Mountain." (Six Twenty-Six)
September 18, 1924: "Ralph Heath, forest fire fighter, who came here yesterday for treatment necessitated by an injured knee, reported that the lookout on Battle axe, a peak at the northern boundary of the Santiam forest, narrowly escaped from lightning during the week end storm. Lightning struck, Heath reports, on the peak, destroying the telephone line to the lookout station, but missing the station and its occupants." (Albany Daily Democrat)
July 11, 1927: "Jack Grow went to Detroit to Battle Axe Mountain to start lookout work there." (Albany Democrat-Herald)
September 25, 1930: “Because the recent rains have lessened the immediate fire danger in the Santiam national forest, Supervisor C.C. Hall has closed three lookout stations for the season. They are the posts on Battleaxe, in the northern part of the forest; on Sand mountain in the east central part and on Carpenter mountain in the southern part of the forest.” (Mill City Logue)
July 7, 1932: “Three more lookout stations in the Santiam national forest were manned Saturday, as the forest officials prepared to combat the increasing dryness in the forest and the mounting danger of fire. Lookouts manned Saturday were Battle Axe Mountain, Dome Rock and Crescent Mountain. Within the next week or ten days it is probable that all stations will be filled. The lookout station on Coffin Mountain was manned about ten days ago.” (Mill City Logue)
October 2, 1933: Panorama photos taken by William Birchall and Albert Arnst.
1941: The lookout was staffed 60 days. This station reported to the Detroit Ranger Station by way of the Santiam Co-op Telephone Company.
September 19, 1944: "Bennie Wriglesworth returned Thursday after several months at the lookout station at Battle Ax." (The Oregon Statesman)
1953: The old D-6 cupola style lookout was replaced by a new 14x14 L-4 model.