December 1929: "A lookout shelter consisting of the cupola of a standard D-6 lookout house has just been completed on Indian Rock lookout. When a house is built here, the cupola will be raised to complete the cabin -- cost $85 plus contributed time. Eleven Whitman lookouts now have glass enclosures - two are still out in the weather in open towers. A.C. Angell" (Six Twenty-Six)
October 9, 1935: Panorama photos taken by Albert Arnst.
September 15, 1939: "Mr. and Mrs. Rice McHaley, Jr. and son Bobbie are in for a short visit from Indian Rock lookout station. This is their first visit home this summer since going out on the lookout." (John Day Valley Ranger)
June 25, 1953: "Roger Stephen, who just returned home from George Fox college, left Monday morning for Indian Rock Lookout in the Whitman National Forest, near Bates, where he will serve as a lookout for the summer." (Nyssa Gate City Journal)
September 5, 1957:"A wooden ground house is being constructed by forest service employees on Indian Rock, on the Blue Mountain district." (Blue Mountain Eagle)
July 15, 1976: "Some recent examples of vandalism occurring are removal of a propane tank regulator and all copper tubing at Indian Rock Lookout." (Blue Mountain Eagle)
DESCRIBED BY US FOREST SERVICE 1936 THIS INTERSECTION STATION IS THE CENTER OF THE LOOKOUT HOUSE, A GROUND STRUCTURE ON A HIGH AND PROMINENT POINT ABOUT 21 MILES N OF PRAIRIE CITY AND ABOUT 5 MILES NE OF SUSANVILLE, ON THE N SIDE OF MIDDLE FORK JOHN DAY RIVER. FOREST ROADS LEAD TO THE ROCK, AND DRIVING DIRECTIONS MAY BE OBTAINED AT SUSANVILLE, PRAIRIE CITY, OR AUSTIN.
A 10-MINUTE PACK IS NECESSARY TO REACH THE LOOKOUT HOUSE FROM THE END OF THE ROAD.
STATION RECOVERY (1938)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1938 STATION FOUND AS DESCRIBED. TWO REFERENCE MARKS WERE SET AS FOLLOWS--
REFERENCE MARK NO.1, A U.S.G.S. REFERENCE DISK STAMPED INDIAN ROCK 1, IS CEMENTED INTO CRACK IN ROCK ON SUMMIT, NEAR EDGE OF CLIFF, 15.06 FEET E OF STATION, IN AZIMUTH 269 DEG 01 MIN.
REFERENCE MARK NO.2, A U.S.G.S. REFERENCE DISK STAMPED INDIAN ROCK 2, IS CEMENTED INTO CRACK IN ROCK AT ENTRANCE TO LOOKOUT, 17.19 FEET FROM STATION, IN AZIMUTH 324 DEG 32 MIN.