May 1942: "Construction of a new lookout house on Trail Butte in the western edge of the Elliott State Forest is to be started in a few days, according to Keith Young, district warden of the Coos County Fire Patrol association. The building is to be 16 x 16 feet with an 8 x 8 foot glassed in cupola for the lookout. The first step in this new development was the construction of a road from the West Fork of the Millicoma river to the lookout. The road has been completed but weather conditions have been such that it is impossible to use a truck for transportation. Consequently the material for the lookout will be loaded on a sled and a caterpillar used for motive power. A temporary latex telephone line will be used until the permanent No. 9 wire can be installed. Trail Butte is to be one of the primary lookouts of the association. It covers a section of the coastal region from Reedsport to Coos bay that cannot be seen by either Deans Peak or Ivers Peak. Eventually an additional three miles of road will be constructed which will connect the station with the Deans Peak truck trail." (The Forest Log)
Activated: March 18, 1942. Roseburg Filter Center.
1942: The association built a new lookout on Trail Butte located in section 8, T24S, R11W. The 16 x 16 ground cabin was paid for by the Air Warning Service. (Oregon Department of Forestry Annual Report - 1942)
February 2, 1943: In 1942, the CCC, under the supervision of the state forester completed a new lookout on Trail Butte. (The Coos Bay Times)
May 28, 1945: "Alfreda Leaton of Empire will be stationed at Trail Butte lookout above Allegany, having served at the Blue Ridge lookout last summer." (The Coos Bay Times)
May 27, 1950: "First lookout assignment of the season went to Herman Shelly to the Trail Butte station." (The Coos Bay Times)
August 15, 1953: "Lightning Friday night caused at least five fires in the area served by the Coos Forest Protective Association, and District Warden Keith Young said this morning more fires may be located as soon as lifting haze extends visibility. The lookout station at Trail Butte, on the west fork of Millicoma River, logged 26 lightning strikes within sight of that tower." (The Coos Bay Times)
September 20, 1954: "Loretta Humphreys was taken to Eugene Sunday by her parents to resume her studies at the University of Oregon. Miss Humphreys, a math and science major, is a junior. She is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. This summer Miss Humphreys worked for the Coos Forest Protective Association as a lookout at Trail Butte." (The Coos Bay Times)