1937: An L-4 lookout house was constructed on a 40-foot round timber tower.
September 12, 1938: "John Hutchinson, who is employed by the forest service as lookout at Coffin Butte, is spending a few days at his home." (Roseburg News-Review)
November 10, 1938: "John Hutchinson, who has been working for the forest service, returned to his home Thursday. He had been working with a trail crew near Whiskey creek but had been stationed at the Coffin Butte lookout station, in the South Umpqua district, for several days due to a forest fire in that vicinity." (Roseburg News-Review)
July 29, 1939: "Physicians said Bud Lowell, fire service lookout at Coffin Butte, had a good chance of recovering from a deep gash in his back suffered when he was chopping wood. The injured man was brought from his remote post today via packhorse." (The Oregon Statesman)
July 25, 1952: "Mrs Reba Hartley, the Misses Esther and Nelda Sherk and Mrs. Paula Anderson, all of Roseburg, drove Miss Elinor Sherk to Tiller Sunday, where she will assume her duties as fire lookout at Coffin Butte." (The News-Review)
1963: The lookout reached such a state of deterioration that called for the disposal of the structure. Jim Hunt and Ira Poole was given the job of destroying the lookout.