Oregon Department of Forestry - Tillamook FPA 2N-6W-1
1931: A temporary platform built in the top of three trees about fifty feet above the ground.
July 30, 1936: Panorama photos taken by S.L.M.
July 23, 1938:"Mrs. Nolan Wanless, wife of a warden on Hoffman lookout 16 miles north of Forest Grove, appealed for help when a conflagration threatened the peak where she and her small son were isolated. Wardens at Forest Grove sped a truckload of CCC fire fighters, a pumper and 35 civilians to the rescue." (Eugene Register-Guard)
The NGS Data Sheet
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1935 (CP) STATION IS ON THE NW POINT OF A LONG RIDGE, NEAR THE HOFFMAN LOOKOUT TOWER. IT LIES 7 MILES S OF VERNONIA, 16 MILES N OF FOREST GROVE AND ABOUT 6 MILES N OF BUXTON.
STATION MARK IS A STANDARD BRONZE DISK WEDGED IN A DRILL HOLE IN A BOULDER. REFERENCE MARK NO.1 IS A STANDARD BRONZE DISK SET IN CONCRETE IN THE TOP OF A TILE. REFERENCE MARK NO.2 IS A STANDARD BRONZE DISK IN OUTCROPPING BEDROCK.
BUXTON IS REACHED FROM PORTLAND BY WAY OF FOREST GROVE, BANKS, MANNING. FROM BUXTON TAKE THE RIGHT FORK, N, AT THE CHURCH AND GO 3.3 MILES, TAKE RIGHT FORK AND GO 3.0 MILES, TURN LEFT ON DIRT ROAD AT SIGN (HOFFMAN LOOKOUT), GO 0.4 MILE, TAKE RIGHT FORK (SIGN, HOFFMAN LOOKOUT), GO 0.2 MILE AND TAKE LEFT FORK (UPHILL) GO 0.2 MILE TO LOOKOUT HOUSE. THE STATION LIES 25 YARDS NW FROM THE HOUSE. THE LOOKOUT TOWER IS A TEMPORARY PLATFORM BUILT IN TOP OF THREE TREES AND IS ABOUT 50 FEET HIGH. THERE IS NO PLACE FOR AN AZIMUTH MARK AND NO OBJECT VISIBLE FROM THE GROUND. THE MEASUREMENT TO THE CENTER OF THE LOOKOUT TOWER IS ONLY THE APPROXIMATE CENTER. THE HIGHEST POINT ON THE RIDGE IS ABOUT 1 1/2 MILES SE OF THE STATION.