April 15, 1936: "Construction of three new lookout stations, establishment of fire breaks and the purchase of additional fire fighting equipment for the Tillamook burn area were recommended to Governor Martin today by his committee on protection of the state's most serious forest fire sector. A lookout would be established on Edwards Butte in the southwestern section of the 1933 burned area." (Daily Capital Journal)
1937: "Plans were contemplated for the completion of the Edwards Butte Lookout development during 1939." (1937 Annual report to Oregon Department of Forestry)
October 1940: "Foreman A.F. Koster and his trail crew have been working on a lookout tower on Edwards Butte, nine miles west of Camp Trask. The tower is forty feet high. It is constructed of lumber that has been packed over a five-mile trail before reaching the top of the Butte. The crew has recently completed a cabin for temporary use to house the crew while working on the project and also for use of the lookout during the fire season." (The Forest Log)
1940: A 40-foot timber tower with a 14x14 cab was completed.