A lookout was established at this point in the late 1910’s. The lookout was known as Sunset Mountain at that time.
June 8, 1934: " Sweets Creek CCC side camp will contain about 50 men who will be engaged in the extension of the Mapleton-Sweets Creek Road into the forest. A lookout tower will be built on Goodwin Peak, at the head of the creek, after the road is extended far enough to permit of taking in materials." (The Siuslaw Oar)
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 Guard)
November 16, 1934: " A crew of men are still working on the tower at Sunset Mountain." (The Siuslaw Oar)
1934: The new tower was a 50-foot round timber structure with a 14x14 L-4 cab.
October 17, 1936 Panorama photos taken.
August 31, 1941: "The five man crew (Forest Service) has been doing general maintenance work such as installing lightning protection on the Goodwin Peak lookout station." (The Eugene Guard)
1954: A 41-foot timber tower with an L-4 cab was constructed.