August 1930: "Maurice Loyd, 14, son of Cleve Loyd, lookout patrolman for the forest service at McGraw, is thinking of hiring out to Uncle Sam as a decoy for cougars. He and his dog have a penchant for finding cougars, especially when they are not expecting them. Monday morning Maurice and his dog started out to find a few chipmunks and before they had gone a hundred yards from the lookout station, they topped a little rise and the dog ran to the foot of a tree and commenced to bark. Maurice looked at the tree and there on a level with where he stood, was a big cougar, its scowling eyes glaring at him. Maurice called the dog and went home, but before Mr. Loyd could get back with a gun the big cat had moved away. Practically the same experience happened to Maurice two years ago. C.H. Thorp" (Six Twenty-Six)
1934: A 10-foot round timber tower with a 14x14 L-4 cab was constructed.
June 27, 1964: "Plans have been announced by John L. Rogers, U.S. Forewst Service, for the construction of McCraw Lookout tower and house locaqted in Wallowa County, 56 miles southeast of Joseph. Pre-fab house and tower materials will be furnished by the Forest Service. Bids are now being called for erection of the structure with the bid opening scheduled for July 24, 1964." (Baker Democrat-Herald)
August 20, 1964: "Cook & Sorenson of Seattle is the apparent low bidder at $5840 for the construction of the new McGraw lookout tower on the local national forest. Contract details are being worked out and award is expected, according to information at the supervisor's office. The government provides the material for this job and the contract is for erection only. Work will be done this summer. The site is reached from the Imnaha country." (The Record-Courier)
1965: An 82-foot treated timber tower with an R-6 cab was erected.