September 1938: "Chas. Pierce, lookout on Lookout Mountain in the Clackamas-Marion Unit, underwent an emergency operation for appendicitis recently at the Oregon City hospital. Mr. Pierce had been feeling ill for sometime but was unaware of the nature of his trouble. District Warden Bunke finally took him to Oregon City where the doctor soon diagnosed his illness and ordered an immediate operation." (The Forest Log)
1938: An 82-foot timber tower with an L-6 cab was constructed.
October 12, 1962: "The Columbus Day Hurricane caused considerable damage to District structures, completely destroying the Lookout Mountain tower. The damages are covered by the State of Oregon building restoration fund." (1962 District Warden's Seasonal Report)
1965: A 30-foot steel tower erected, a portable cab that broke down into sections for removal during the off season due to a constant high occurrence of vandalism.
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT HOUSE PID - QE1702 STATE/COUNTY- OR/MARION COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - GAWLEY CREEK (1986) STATION DESCRIPTION
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1947 (WRH) THE INTERSECTION STATION IS LOCATED IN THE WILAMETTE NATIONAL FOREST, ON A TIMBERED RIDGE, ABOUT 32 MILES AIRLINE EAST OF SALEM, ABOUT 37 MILES AIRLINE EAST NORTH EAST OF ALBANY, ABOUT 8 MILES AIRLINE NORTHEAST OF MILL CITY. IT IS A SMALL HOUSE WITH A PEAK ROOF, ELEVATED ABOUT 100 FEET WITH A STEEL TOWER. THE HOUSE IS ABOUT 8 FEET SQUARE.
STATION RECOVERY (1950)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1950 RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED BY NGS (INTERSECTED ONLY) AS LOOKOUT MTN LOOKOUT. NEW DESCRIPTION FOLLOWS.
LOCATED ABOUT 12 MI NE. OF MEHAMA, 9 MI N. OF GATES. ON TOP OF HIGH, TIMBERED RIDGE AT CENTER OF BASE OF LOOKOUT MTN LOH.
TO REACH FROM MEHAMA, DRIVE 2.1 MI E. ON PAVED RD. ON NORTH SIDE OF LITTLE NORTH FORK SANTIAM RIVER TO RD. FORKS. TAKE LEFT FORK 3.4 MI TO RD. FORKS JUST W. OF BRIDGE. TAKE LEFT FORK 0.6 MI TO ABANDONED SAWMILL AND FORKS. TAKE RIGHT FORK 2.1 MI TO RD. FORKS. TAKE RIGHT FORK 1.4 MI TO RD. FORKS. TAKE LEFT FORK 1.7 MI TO RD. FORKS. TAKE RIGHT FORK 1.1 MI TO T-JCT. ON TOP OF RIDGE. TURN RIGHT 2.3 MI E. TO RD. FORKS. TAKE RIGHT FORK 0.9 MI TO Y-INTERSECTION. CONTINUE STRAIGHT AHEAD 1.4 MI TO RD. FORKS. TAKE LEFT FORK 0.5 MI TO RD. FORKS. TAKE RIGHT FORK 1.2 MI TO STATION.