June 20, 1926: "Three new lookout towers will soon be erected in the Cascade national forest, according to Nelson F. Macduff, supervisor. One will be all metal, the first of its kind to be erected in this forest. It will be located on Saddle Blanket mountain and all material weighing 8500 pounds will be transported to the top of the peak by pack horses. The tower will be 60 feet high. The two other towers will be on Logger butte and Fuji mountain." (Morning Register)
July 10, 1926: "In the West Boundary district a crew is engaged in packing the steel and starting the foundation for a 60-foot steel tower on Saddle Blanket mountain, and work is proceeding on a 48-foot bridge across Fall creek." (Morning Register)
July 31, 1926: "The lookout tower on Saddle Blanket mountain is pretty well toward completion, said the supervisor." (Morning Register)
September 1926: "During the lightning storm of July 5 the lookout on Saddleblanket Mtn., occupying a tree tower, remained in the crow's nest till after dark to pick up any fires that might be started. On his way down (via limbs eked out by a few slippery steps nailed on the tree trunk), he met a bobcat coming up. The story stops right there. We don't know whether he finished coming down or the bobcat finished going up!" (Six Twenty-Six)
August 10, 1927: "Work of packing materials for a cabin to be built on Saddle Blanket mountain in the Cascade national forest was inspected yesterday by R.F. Grefe of the forest staff. The cabin is one of two buildings now being built in the forest, a lookout house being under construction on Larison rock." (Morning Register)
1927: A 70-foot Aermotor steel tower was erected with a 7x7 steel cab. Living quarters were in a cabin on the ground.
September 11, 1933: Panorama photos Taken by James Rittenhouse.
1939: The lookout tower was modified. The original tower had a ladder that went straight up the side of the tower, this was replaced with the easier inside stairway.
June 3, 1969: "A 70-foot-high lookout tower atop Saddle Blanket Mountain is being offered for sale by the Willamette National Forest. The successful bidder will have to take the steel structure apart and carry the pieces down from the mountain vantage point. A road stops several hundred yards short of the mountain lookout. Al Lang, administrative assistant for the Lowell Ranger District, said the lookout is for sale because it no longer will be manned during the summer fire season. Aerial flights cover the same area, he said." (The Oregonian)
June 6, 1969: "There's still an opportunity to own a forest lookout of your own. No formal bids were received Thursday for the Saddleblanket Mountain lookout. So now the U.S. Forest Service will negotiate with anyone interested in acquiring the 70-foot high steel structure. Bill Roth, contracting officer for the Willamette National Forest, said at least 'a couple of people' expressed interest in the lookout but did not submit formal offers for Thursday's scheduled bid opening. He said one man was driving up to the lookout Friday to look it over. A road stops several hundred yards short of the lookout tower. Whoever buys the tower will have to unbolt the steel sections and carry them out to the road. Under terms of the Forest Service offer, the tower must be removed from the site. The tower is no longer used during the summer fire season. Observers instead check the area by airplane each day." (Eugene Register-Guard)
June 14, 1972: "Saddleblanket was inspected on July 1, 1972. Attached is a report of this inspection. Replacement of several structural members in the stairs would be necessary. in addition to correcting lesser deficiencies, to return this structure to a safe and usable facility." (Lookout Condition Survey)
The NGS Data Sheet
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1953 (CTH) THE STATION IS A 4-LEGGED STEEL STRUCTURE WITH A SMALL CABIN AT THE TOP, AND IS ABOUT 70 FEET HIGH. IT IS LOCATED ON THE HIGHEST POINT OF SADDLE BLANKET MTN.
A TRAVERSE CONNECTION WAS MADE TO TRIANGULATION STATION SADDLE BLANKET AND THE DISTANCE WAS FOUND TO BE 29.52 METERS, 9.000 METERS EAST OF THE STATION.