June 1936: Proposed projects: "Another 100-foot tower and guard station will be constructed on Tope Creek in the Wallowa district." (The Forest Log)
November 15, 1936: A 100-foot creosoted ring connected tower with a 7 x 7 cab completed, was started October 1, 1936. The construction required 204 man days of labor and a total cost of $1,948.20. (Investment Record - Structural Improvements - ECW)
June 13, 1938: Panorama photos taken
July 30, 1938: A 14' x 18' plan 71 S.D.A. R6 #2-0-3 one room living quarters completed, was started June 1, 1938. The construction required 226 man days of labor and a total cost of $732.08. (Investment Record - Structural Improvements - ECW)
1950's: Utilized as a combination fire observation and Ground Observer Corps station.
1958: Six miles of old phone line to the lookout was removed and a new garbage pit dug.
1965: Metal roofing installed on the lookout buildings.
1977: "The Tope Creek lookout was sold to Zella Guyness for $5312.00." (Northeast Oregon District - Oregon Department of Forestry Annual Report - 1977)
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - TOPE CREEK PID - RA1131 STATE/COUNTY- OR/WALLOWA COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - SHEROD MEADOWS (1990)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1946 (JTJ) THE STATION IS LOCATED ABOUT 8-1/2 MILES SOUTHEAST OF WALLOWA NEAR THE HEADWATERS OF TOPE CREEK, UNDER THE TOPE LOOKOUT TOWER OF THE FOREST SERVICE, ON A PROMINENT TIMBERED RIDGE.
TO REACH FROM THE EAST END OF WALLOWA GO EASTERLY AND THEN NORTHERLY ON THE WHISKEY CREEK ROAD FOR 1.6 MILES TO FORK, KEEP LEFT FORK FOR 2.3 MILES TO T ROAD RIGHT AND SIGN WHISKEY CREEK ROAD TURN RIGHT ONTO WHISKEY CREEK ROAD AND CONTINUE FOR 4.7 MILES TO FORK, CONTINUE ON LEFT FORK FOR 1.3 MILES TO FORK, KEEP LEFT FORK FOR 1.1 MILES TO ANOTHER FORK, KEEP LEFT FORK FOR 0.7 MILE TO FORK, TAKE LEFT FORK UP GRADE FOR 0.7 MILE TO TOP OF HILL THE LOOKOUT TOWER AND STATION.