Eastern Lane District, Oregon Department of Forestry 20S-2W-11
October 17, 1933: "The road is bulldozed out a good three miles towards the Castle Mountain Lookout. At least 2 or 2 1/2 miles remain before the road reaches the top of the mountain. This project must be dropped as soon as the winter rains set in. As some soft spots along the road require timber, brush is to be thrown in to make it possible for the tractor to pass over. The men, at present time, are walking 2 miles to their work which requires considerable time. The tractor is being worked two 6-hour shifts. Telephone lines will be completed from Mosby Creek to camp in a few days. It will be pushed up the road as far as construction is completed." (Samuel L. Miller Field Report)
November 2, 1933: " Tried to make arrangements with Major Corlett to keep up the Rat Creek side camp in its present location as the Castle Mountain Lookout telephone lines are of main importance to this district. This camp should, if possible, remain in its present location to complete the road to the top of Castle Mountain and construct the tower and lookout house." (Samuel L. Miller Field Report)
1934: An 86-foot timber tower was constructed by members of the Wendling CCC camp.
August 15, 1935: "Charles Kingsley, lookout at the Castle Rock station in the heart of the fire-infested forests, reported that the hills seemed alive with flames. It was feared that a slight breeze, arising early Thursday morning, might cause the flames to spread into the green timber. Most of the area already burned consisted mostly of burns, second growth and brush land." (The Eugene Register-Guard)
June 22, 1936: Panorama photos taken by S.L.M.
1937: " The construction of a trail from Castle Rock Lookout Station down to a spring, a distance of about one half mile was the only work completed this season. Previous to the building of this trail the lookout man had been forced to secure water along the CCC road about three and one half miles from the station." (Eastern Lane District Annual Report)
May 2, 1940: "The Mosby Creek CCC spike camp had built ten miles of road at Castle Rock lookout tower since it was established on June 15th 1939." (The Sentinel)
September 2, 1940: "Radio reports from Forest Guard Bob Wagner, lookout on Castle Rock station south of Cottage Grove, Monday said the four-day-old, 700-acre blaze was under control, and was burning out, under the eye of a patrol crew guarding the six miles of forest trail completed around the burning area." (The Eugene Guard)
September 13, 1942: "Ronald Byers, engaged as forestry lookout at the Mt. Nebo post, has been transferred to Castle Rock." (The Eugene Guard)
1956: "The observation cab was found to be deteriorated to the point of being unsafe for use. Materials were purchased and the cab was completed during the favorable weather this fall for a total cost for materials of $450. 00." (Eastern Lane District Annual Report)
1968: "The copper wire used as lightning protection was stolen. Investigation of this was made in co-operation with the Oregon State Police. The guilty party was apprehended and tried in District Court. He was convicted and placed on probation subject to making restitution of the value of the stolen property." (Eastern Lane District Annual Report)