November 3, 1930: "A portion of the Mt. Reuben district is within the Siskiyou National forest. The forestry department is planning to locate a lookout station on Mt. Reuben and is reported to have signified a willingness to help maintain a road." (Roseburg News-Review)
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 26, 1931: "Construction of a seven-mile telephone line from the summit of Mt. Reuben to Rogue river at Whiskey creek began last week in the Siskiyou national forest. A new lookout house will be built on top of Mt. Reuben after July 1." (Medford Mail Tribune)
June 29, 1931: "A fire patrol lookout station is being established on top of Mount Reuben, about eight miles due west of Glendale, by the Siskiyou national forest service. The Riffle creek basin in Douglas county and the Rogue river district bordering on Whiskey creek and Reuben creek in Josephine county are particularly served by the new station which will be in charge of Dick Bland of Merlin as lookout. F.L. Cooper, district ranger in charge of the Rand ranger station near Galice, and a crew of four men were in Glendale Tuesday enroute to Mount Reuben over the old Gold Bug mining road. They took with them material to build a new 77-miles telephone line that will serve the lookout at Mount Reuben. This line will connect with the lower Rogue river line at White Neck, near the mouth of Whiskey creek." (Roseburg News-Review)
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)
1931: A 30-foot tower with an R-1 style cab constructed.
July 2, 1931: "Dick Bland of Merlin, who will be in charge of the new lookout station on Mount Reuben this season, attended to business matters here Monday." (Roseburg News-Review)
August 7, 1931: "The forest service is constructing a lookout station on the summit of Mt. Reuben, and from there an astonishing amount of country spreads itself before the eye in every direction." (Roseburg News-Review)
August 8, 1931: "Dick Bland, fire lookout at Mt. Reuben, was in Glendale Tuesday attending to business affairs." (Roseburg News-Review)
January 1, 1932: "A new lookout station was established on top of Mt. Reuben by the Siskiyou national forest service." (Roseburg News Review)
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)
1951: A new lookout constructed.
1962: "Building maintenance: Painted and installed has light." (Southwest Oregon District Annual Report)
1964: "Building maintenance: Painted interior" (Southwest Oregon District Annual Report)
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - REUBEN LOOKOUT TOWER PID - NZ1308 STATE/COUNTY- OR/JOSEPHINE COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - MOUNT REUBEN (2017)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1943 (JCS) STATION IS THE FOREST SERVICE LOOKOUT ON THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT REUBEN WHICH IS LOCATED ABOUT 10 MILES N OF GALICE AND 9 MILES W OF GLENDALE. THE STATION IS NOT MARKED BUT A MARKED STATION REUBEN 1942 IS LOCATED 225 FEET TO THE N.