May 1, 1934: "In the Waldport district a tower will be erected on Cannibal mountain." (The Eugene Register-Guard)
May 3, 1934: "New lookout houses and towers will be built in the Siuslaw national forest this summer, it is announced by R.S. Shelley, supervisor. In the Waldport district a tower will be built on Grass mountain and one on Cannibal mountain, both in the vicinity of the Alsea river." (Morning Oregonian)
September 6, 1934: "Ira Jones, construction superintendent in the Siuslaw national forest, left Thursday for Cannibal mountain to look after some road work being carried on by a CCC crew." (The Eugene Register-Guard)
September 19, 1934: "Ira E. Jones of the Siuslaw forest headquarters here left Wednesday for the Fall Creek side camp of the Mapleton 3-C camp, where he will be the rest of the week. He will inspect construction of the lookout towers being erected on Cannibal mountain and Goodwin peak." (The Eugene Register-Guard)
1934: A lookout tower constructed. (Six Twenty-Six)
1936: A garage and outhouse built.
September 18, 1936: Panorama photos taken.
Activated: March 12, 1942. Eugene Filter Center.
August 2, 1948: Invitation to Bid: Furnish all labor, tools, equipment, transportation and supervision needed to erect one 53', prefabricated, treated lookout tower, and 14' x 14' cab with catwalk, including concrete footings, guy cable anchors and stair landing, and lightning protection and guy cables. All work to be done in accordance with attached specifications which are made a part of this bid. Plans and contract drawings may be examined at the office of the District Ranger at Waldport, Oregon, or at the Forest Supervisor's office at Corvallis, Oregon. Work shall be started within ten calendar days after receipt by contractor of notice to proceed, and shall be completed within 90 calendar days after receipt of such notice, except that if work is suspended by the Forest Supervisor for convenience. Bids to be received at this office until 2 p.m., August 23, 1948. Signed, J. B. Weugart, Acting Forest Supervisor." (Invitation, Bid, and Acceptance (Short Form Contract)
1948: A tower and cab built. Howard Ash, Carpenter.
1973: The final year the tower staffed. This was the last staffed lookout on the Forest.
1975: The tower sold for salvage and removed. The cab was converted into a chicken house by the buyer.
2001: The fire-finder was auctioned on ebay in December. The winning bid was $2000.00.
The NGS Data Sheet
DESCRIBED BY US FOREST SERVICE 1936 THIS OCCUPIED STATION IS THE CENTER OF THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE 40-FOOT TOWER WITH HOUSE ON THE SUMMIT OF CANNIBAL MOUNTAIN, ABOUT 10 MILES, AIRLINE, SE OF WALDPORT.
STATION NOT MARKED. REFERENCE DISK SET IN ROCK OUTCROP
BEST REACHED FROM YACHATS ON OREGON COAST HIGHWAY BY DRIVING E ABOUT 20 MILES OVER FOREST ROADS TO LOOKOUT. PART OF THIS ROUTE UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN 1936.