October 10, 1935: "A new glass-enclosed lookout station will be constructed in the Willamette national forest this fall, according to Roy Elliott, assistant supervisor. To be placed atop Jump-off Joe in the Cascadia sector." (The Eugene Register-Guard)
1936: A L-4 lookout house was constructed.
July 14, 1939: "Jump Off Joe is one of the emergency lookout stations. The lookout itself stands on top of a large flat rock with the north side a sheer cliff. The lookout fireman can see up and down the upper end of the South Santiam river basin. The location is in Township 14S and Range 5E and has an elevation of 4284 feet. William C. Cook will fill the position of emergency lookout fireman. It is 30 miles from Cascadia. A good trail leads to the lookout." (Albany Democrat-Herald)
1943: The lookout was staffed by volunteers that used their vacation time from their regular positions with Mountain States Power Company. These volunteers included: W.A. Spray, F.D. White, C.R. McLean, E.R. Tigner, L.F. McClain, O.J. Hewitt, O.B. Putnam, Charles Wagner and D.M. Shreve.