September 1922: "Seventeen steps have been spiked to a large W.Y.P. at the Red Hill Lookout station which is being used as a tower, by the aid of these steps and the few limbs which the tree affords the lookout climbs to a height of 115 feet to where the tree forks just a few feet from the top. Here the lookout sits and watches for fire. From this location he has sighted seven fires that could not be seen from the ground. When he sights a fire he takes a compass reading on it and fills out the report blank and then descends the tree, which takes 1 1/4 minutes which must be added to the elapsed time from discovery to report, as the phone is located at the base of the tree. The small size flag (2' 11" x 5' 6") is now flying on the end of a 25-foot pole fastened to the tree above the forks which makes the flag 140 feet high and has been seen without the aid of a glass at a distance of two miles. R.H.H." (Six Twenty-Six)
September 1924: "A new lookout tower. The Wallowa has a brand new lookout tower, 50 feet in height, at Red Hill, southwest of Billy Meadows. It is now being used in place of the old tree lookout." (Six Twenty-Six)
November 1924: "During the past season it was noticed that the canvas water bags used at Red Hill lookout station would soon develop leaks. It had been observed that yellow jackets gathered around the bags to drink water from the surface, and it appears that they punctured the canvas by eating lines sufficiently to make the bags leak. This is the first instance of this kind ever noticed here." (Six Twenty-Six)
1935: Panorama photos taken.
1949: In the spring the new Red Hill lookout tower was completed. (Historical Sketches of the Wallowa National Forest)