1941: The lookout was staffed 89 days and reported to the Redwood Ranger Station.
1953: The lookout was destroyed during a strong wind storm. Fifty years later much of the debris still clutters the hill side.
LITTLE GRAYBACK MOUNTAIN
Oregon Department of Forestry
Siskiyou National Forest
May 22, 1931: "In an effort to combat fire hazards more successfully, authorization has been given to build a lookout post at this location." (Medford Mail Tribune)
June 1931: "Ranger Cooper and I were out on Mt. Reuben a few days ago and selected a site for the Mt. Reuben lookout-fireman cabin. The site is within a quarter of a mile of the Mt. Reuben road and commands an excellent view of the country on the south side of Rogue River to the summit of the Illinois-Rogue River Divide." (The Siskiyou Bulletin)
June 28, 1931: "A fire patrol lookout station is being established on Mount Reuben, eight miles due west of Glendale, located within the Siskiyou national forest reserve. A seven-mile telephone line connecting the new lookout station with the lines extending down the Rogue river from Galice to Agness is now under construction by the forestry service. The new line is being built down Whiskey creek and will connect with the present line at White Neck." (The Sunday Oregonian - footnote 1)
1931: A 30-foot tower with an R-1 style cab was constructed.
May 1940: "Past fire danger records show that this point has been manned very early in June for two out of three years, and has not been taken off until the last of September in all three years. Very dry section -- 61% of all readings in July and August for past three years lie between 5% and 8%." (Plans, Guard Placement, Siskiyou National Forest)
1934: A 40-foot round timber tower with an L-4 cab was constructed.
1962: The lookout was discontinued and duties transfer to a new tower construct on a point about one mile to the south.
SERPENTINE MOUNTAIN - 2
Siskiyou National Forest
2007 - Ron Kemnow photo
1962: A 41-foot treated timber tower with an R-6 flat-roof cab was constructed. This tower was to replace an older tower that was located approximately one mile north.
Oregon Department of Forestry - 34S-6W-24
Siskiyou National Forest - 36S-11W-11
Siskiyou National Forest - 39S-6W-19
August 2007 - Ron Kemnow photo
1940: A fireman station with an Alidade.
May 1940: "Seen area covers principally lightning country. Position not on road, hence suppression coverage somewhat restricted." (Plans, Guard Placement, Siskiyou National Forest)
Rogue River National Forest -
1942 - Rogue River National Forest Collection
1916: "On Steve Peak a call bell was established at the observer's camp. In case of emergency the observer could be called to the 'phone at any time when he was not on top. The Steve Peak observer was called to his phone and upon arrival was unable to learn who had called him. The cause of this false alarm was crossed wires and the ringing of a number on another line was mistaken by the observer for his ring. It might be possible to require the observer to live on top and carry water from the spring for his needs; but to utilize all his time he should not be required to do this work, but be provided with a tank filled from the melting snow. The lookout was furnished with a pocket box compass with a two inch needle. Far from being very accurate at any distance." (The Fire Lookout System on the Crater National Forest, Harold Foster, 1916)
August 31, 1918: "A fresh forest fire on Steve's Fork of Carberry Creek near Steamboat in the Applegate district, which has been burning for several days, and which now covers 1,000 acres, was fanned by a high wind which arose yesterday into a swift spreading and traveling conflagration. So fast did the fire travel that Dr. Barker, the retired physician of Jacksonville who is the lookout at the forest lookout station on Steve's Peak, had barely time to escape with his life. He saw flames coming up the mountain at some distance away and seizing a few personal effects ran with all his might for a mile or more to safety. The flames reached the lookout station a moment after his departure and destroyed it and all its contents. As yet this forest fire has not gotten into heavy timber." (Mail Tribune)
September 5, 1918: "The big forest fire that started in brush in the Carberry Creek-Stevens peak section several days ago, has spread into huge proportions and reached heavy timber. It has spread in length as far as Swan Valley which is 8 to 10 miles west from Stevens Peak. The lookout at the peak, who was forced to flee when the fire started and spread so fast, and who returned to the station later, telephoned today that the peak was surrounded on all sides by fire and that he could not get away if he wanted. He has supplies and of course is now in no danger because of the fire in its rush having burned over everything in the vicinity of the peak." (Mail Tribune)
July 12, 1933 Panorama photos taken By: Albert Arnst & Reino Sarlin
September 12, 1933: "The Camp Applegate CCC's started work on the Steve's Peak lookout." (Medford Mail Tribune)
Siskiyou National Forest - 41S-6W-1
May 1940: "Provides seen area and, primarily, suppression coverage in the SE corner of the district. Lightning is the only risk. In general, Bolan Peak provides adequate detection but cannot see an area covered by this point. Should usually be needed only for a restricted period." (Plans, Guard Placement, Siskiyou National Forest)
Siskiyou National Forest - 39S-9W-1
Siskiyou National Forest > State - 40S-8W-33
1944 - Siskiyou National Forest (S.O.)
August 2007 - Ron Kemnow photo
1940: A 20-foot Port Orford cedar sawn timber tower with an L-4 post 1936 cab was constructed.
May 1940: "Excellent seen area that is complementary to that from Tennessee Mountain. There is some duplication between the two points but Waldo Hill fills a big hole in which numerous fires occur in a high value area. Position should be manned simultaneously with Tennessee Mountain." (Plans. Guard Placement, Siskiyou National Forest)
June 29, 1956: "Dear Martin, I want to thank you on behalf of the Forest Service for the courtesy you showed us recently during our annual guard training camp. The four days that were spent at Waldo in training our lookouts must have disrupted your routine considerably. Your patience under such conditions is very much appreciated. As you know it is difficult for us to use one of our own lookout stations for this training due to the distance involved and for that reason with yours and John Moss' cooperation we have conducted the training at Waldo. I hope your fire finder is finally leveled again and that you have a good season. Thanks again for your help. District Ranger" (Letter to the lookout, Waldo from District Ranger, USFS)
1980: The tower was dismantled and the timbers flown to Little Greyback to be used in the construction of a new lookout station at that point.