July 15, 1920: "Two heliographs for use on the high lookout points on Waldo and Huckleberry mountains in the Cascade national forest east of this city have been ordered by N.F. Macduff, supervisor of the forest. They will be used in lieu of telephones. Messages are flashed by mirrors from one mountain to the other and they can be used even when the atmosphere is smoky or foggy if the sun's rays fall directly upon the mirror." (The Oregonian)
July 28, 1920: "There is no one on Waldo mountain, he said, but someone will probably be placed there soon. This point is not connected by telephone, said the supervisor, so a lookout here would have to use a heliograph, a system of mirrors, to communicate with Huckleberry mountain. Messages could be telephoned in from that station." (Morning Register)
September 30, 1921: "Baxter Kissinger, who has spent the summer at Waldo Meadows as lookout, has returned to his home." (Morning Register)
c.1926: A lookout-fireman station, with a shake sided pole structure.
June 21, 1929: "Construction of two lookout houses, one on Scott peak and the other on Waldo peak, is to be started shortly, according to R.F. Grefe, construction superintendent of the Cascade national forest. A standard lookout house will be built on Waldo mountain, which is in the Oakridge district." (Eugene Register)
July 25, 1929: "Pack mules will be used to transport lumber and other building mterials to the summit of Waldo mountain in the Cascade national forest, where a standard lookout house is to be built, according to A.T. Moses, chief clerk in the Cascade forest office. Material for the lookout house will be shipped by train to Cascade summit, by truck to the Taylor burn, and then on the backs of pack mules for seven miles to the top of the mountain. This mountain is 6357 feet high and overlooks the Waldo lake country and the north fork of the Willamette river." (Eugene Register)
August 20, 1929: "Material is now being packed to the summit of Waldo mountain where a lookout is being built this summer." (Eugene Register)
August 20, 1929: "Varying methods of transportation are being demonstrated by the Cascade national forest service in getting the materials for a lookout house to the summit of Waldo mountain. Cut into exact sizes, these materials are shipped first to Cascade summit by Southern Pacific train. From that point, they are taken across Odell lake by boat, and from there to Waldo lake by truck. From the west side of Waldo lake, the materials are placed on the backs of mules and taken to the summit of the mountain. The materials make from 40 to 50 mule loads. Even the water for mixing the cement for the foundation of the house is taken up the mountain by mule." (Eugene Register)
September 5, 1929: "The Waldo mountain lookout and the telephone line between Waldo mountain and Taylor burn in the Cascade national forest have been nearly completed by forest crews, according to N.F. MacDuff, supervisor of the forest who visited the scene of the work recently." (The Eugene Guard)
July 26, 1931: "Thomas Palmer from the Waldo mountain lookout station above Oakridge arrived in Halsey Wednesday evening in response to a telegram notifying him of his father's death." (The Eugene Guard)
September 20, 1931: "Thomas Palmer came home the first of the week from his lookout station on Waldo mountain where he had been engaged in the forestry service all summer. He will attend the Southern State Normal school at Ashland again this winter." (The Eugene Guard)
September 4, 1933: Panorama photos taken by William Birchall and James Rittenhouse.
July 4, 1936: "Charles Paddock, Jr., has gone to Waldo Mountain lookout where he will spend the summer." (Eugene Guard)
August 24, 1941: "The entire region's fires for the period almost double the total of last year's blazes, but only one -- the Tumble Creek fire in the Detroit district -- was of serious nature -- mainly due to the good work of smoke chasers in the forests, Mr. Everts said. He cited as an example of outstanding performances in the line of duty that of Ernest Hebert, a lookout fireman on Waldo mountain. For three days Hebert remained on duty to check a fire, without any food on hand. He lived on pine squirrels which he shot with his .22 pistol during this time, and succeeded in falling a 72-inch cedar tree which was burning at the top -- which necessitated his remaining at the locale -- with a Pulaski tool." (The Eugene Guard)
1957: A R-6 flat roof lookout house was constructed.
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - WALDO 2 PID - PC1111 STATE/COUNTY- OR/LANE COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - WALDO MOUNTAIN (1997)
DESCRIBED BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1955 LOCATED ABOUT 18 MI E. OF OAKRIDGE, 2.5 MI W. OF OUTLET OF WALDO LAKE. ON HIGHEST PART OF WALDO MTN.
TO REACH FROM OAKRIDGE, DRIVE 9.3 MI E. AND NE. ON SALMON CREEK RD. TO RD. FORKS AT SIGN MULE MTN RD. TAKE LEFT FORK FOLLOWING MULE MTN. RD. 4.9 MI TO RD. FORKS. KEEP STRAIGHT AHEAD (RIGHT FORK) 2.6 MI TO LOGGING UNIT 18 AND TRAIL AT SIGN SALMON CR. TRAIL 1/2. PACK 0.5 MI S. ON MARKED TRAIL TO JCT. WITH SALMON CREEK TRAIL. CONTINUE E. ON SALMON CREEK TRAIL 4.5 MI TO TRAIL LEFT OF SIGN WALDO MTN. LO 4. TAKE TRAIL LEFT 4 MI TO WALDO MTN. LOH AND STATION. A 4-1/2-HOUR PACK.