1931: In May it was announced that funds were allocated for the building of a road that will extend from the Fox Butte-Sand Springs road to the site of fireman-lookout house.
May 29, 1931: "The lookout road up Sixteen butte and the new road up to Big Hole butte, both in the Fort Rock district, have been completed." (The Bend Bulletin)
January 1, 1932: "In the field season of 1931, lookout houses were built on Paulina, Lava butte, Bachelor, Sixteen butte, Broken Top, Pine mountain and Indian Spring butte, and a warehouse was constructed at Cabin Lake." (The Bend Bulletin)
May 17, 1932: "Every secondary lookout point in the Fort Rock district can now be reached by automobile. Roads were built to the tops of Fox butte, Sixteen butte and Plot butte this spring." (The Bend Bulletin)
1941: The lookout received 1.25 inches of rain over the weekend of August 16th and 17th.
1948: The lookout house was moved to its present location on Fox Butte.
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - SIXTEEN BUTTE LOOKOUT HOUSE PID - PB0687 STATE/COUNTY- OR/LAKE COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - SIXTEEN BUTTE (1982)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1936 (LAM) THIS INTERSECTED POSITION IS THE CENTER OF THE U.S.F.S. LOOKOUT ON THE SUMMIT OF SIXTEEN BUTTE, SITUATED IN THE EXTREME N END OF LAKE COUNTY, AND SE OF PAULINA MOUNTAINS. IT IS ABOUT 15 MILES NE OF FORK ROCK AND MAY BE REACHED BY FOREST ROADS.