1942: An L-4 lookout cab was constructed atop a short tower. The tower was enclosed to create a storage area.
August 4, 1962: "The line up of college students stationed this summer at lookout posts in the Umpqua National Forest: Smith Ridge -- Donald C. Hinrichs graduated from Roseburg High Scholl in 1961. He's a ham radio operator." (The News-Review)