May 16, 1936: "Attached are the blue prints of our 66'9" lookout tower, stair detail, and 7' x 7' cab for the Goodman Ridge lookout, also General specifications for the 7 x 7' lookout house, standard specifications for ready-cut structures, and specifications for standard, ring-connected towers for your transmittal to the Forest." (E-Structures, Buildings, Umatilla, (Goodman Ridge) .
August 1936: "Roland Meyers and his CCC carpenter boys have started work on the Goodman Ridge tower near Black Mountain; or rather should I say the foundation. The whereabouts of the tower itself is somewhat a mystery. Larry says that notice was received that the tower was shipped from Portland but the destination was not stated. No further word has been received from it now for nearly two weeks. We wonder where to send trucks to pick it up, Pendleton, Imbler, LaGrande, or one of several hundred stations along the Union Pacific." (Umatilla Buckaroo)
September 1936: "The Goodman Ridge Tower is rapidly nearing completion and the lumber for the house and garage is all on the ground. If weather conditions permit the Tollgate CCC Camp to remain during most of October this will be practically finished." (Umatilla Buckaroo)
October 15, 1936: "The 66-foot Goodman Ridge ring-connected creosoted wood tower was erected in 36 man days using CCC labor. An additional 36 days were required to install the tower and guy cable footings." (In a letter to the Regional Forester)
July 12, 1937: Panorama photos were taken.
January 17, 1949: "A fire reorganization study was made of the Pendleton District and as a result, Goodman Ridge Lookout was changed from an Emergency Lookout to a regular Lookout-Fireman position." (Pendleton Ranger District Annual Report)
The NGS Data Sheet
DESCRIBED BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1963 (JCC) THE STATION IS ABOUT 15-1/2 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF TOLLGATE, 15 MILES WEST OF ELGIN AND 12-1/2 MILES NORTHEAST OF MEACHAM, ON THE SUMMIT OF GOODMAN RIDGE.
THE MARK IS A USGS BRONZE DISK, STAMPED GOODMAN LOT 1960, SET IN THE TOP OF AN IRREGULAR MASS OF CONCRETE FLUSH WITH THE SURFACE OF THE GROUND. IT IS LOCATED AT THE CENTER OF THE BASE OF THE GOODMAN LOOKOUT TOWER.
A TRAVERSE CONNECTION WAS MADE TO TRIANGULATION STATION GOODMAN. THE DISTANCE BEING 364.11 FEET OR (110.981 METERS) SOUTHEAST.
THE TOWER IS CONSTRUCTED OF WOOD AND HAS A STAIRWAY IN THE CENTER OF THE FOUR LEGS. IT IS PAINTED WHITE AND IS 100 FEET IN HEIGHT.