April 1, 1915: "The committee has christened the highest point immediately adjacent to the Columbia River between Portland and The Dalles, Mount Nesmith, in honor of Oregon's pioneer Indian fighter and Senator, Colonel James W. Nesmith, a pioneer of 1843. The point in question is south of Warrendale, clearly seen from the rover, and is 3878 feet in elevation." (Morning Oregonian)
1929: An Alidade established.
November 13, 1933: Panorama photos taken by Robert Snyder, Lester Moe & Albert Arnst
September 21, 1934: "New buildings nearing completion with the help of the lookout and CCC boys from Latourelle Prairie camp, new guard station cabin is nearing completion on Nesmith Point. When these stations are completed all of the lookout and guard station cabins on this district will be of the new modern type cabin." (The Dam Chronicle)
October 12, 1934: "A standard 14 x 14 lookout station on a 12-foot tower is being completed on Nesmith Point. This is the lookout that looks directly down on Cascade Locks." & "One of the major fire protection projects in this district was recently completed with the joining of Larch mountain and Oak Grove roads. From this main road a branch runs out to Nesmith lookout station. The main road runs through the Bull Run reserve for quite a distance, so will not be open to general traffic but will be maintained for protection purposes." (The Dam Chronicle)
May 7, 1937: "Forest Ranger Albert Wisendanger reports gorge area trails in the following conditions: Nesmith Point Trail at Warrendale: Crew of CCC boys working this trail and putting it in order. Snow at 4 mile post." (The Bonneville Dam Chronicle)
August 20, 1937: "In the past years all look-outs and guard stations have been called through Indian Mountain Look-out. With this new section of line in service, the stretch between Indian Mountain and Tanner Butte will be abandoned and those stations -- Tanner Butte, Nesmith Point, Larch Mountain, Camp A, Walker Prairie, and Pepper Mountain, formerly served through Indian will be connected through Eagle Creek and Tanner Butte. Most of the Indian Mountain-Tanner Butte line is in the Bull Run Reserve and is very high country, which has been difficult to maintain." (The Bonneville Dam Chronicle)
c.1959: The lookout removed.
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - NESMITH PID - RD2141 STATE/COUNTY- OR/MULTNOMAH COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - MULTNOMAH FALLS (1994)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1938 (WMS) STATION IS THE FINIAL OF THE FOREST SERVICE LOOKOUT HOUSE ON NESMITH POINT.
REACHED BY FOREST SERVICE ROAD FROM LARCH MOUNTAIN.
STATION RECOVERY (1948)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1948 (RAE) STATION WAS RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION AS DESCRIBED BY W.M.S. IN 1938. THE DESCRIPTION IS ADEQUATE.