April 1927: "J.W. Wood, an old resident in the Forest, who has for several years been employed as a per diem lookout, died this winter. He used a high point near his home for a lookout point, and before he died he requested that one-half acre on this point be deeded to the Forest Service. C.J. Billings" (Six Twenty-Six)
1932: A new lookout tower was constructed. (Six Twenty-Six)
1936: Construction of this tower required 699 man hours of labor, of this 546 were needed to get out the timbers, peel them, do the framing and put in the foundation. 144 man hours were needed to assemble the pre-cut lookout cab.
1953: Woods Butte Lookout is not satisfactory, should be abandoned and a lookout located in section 30, T5N, R44E. This would provide better coverage and this lookout should be a man and wife combination and would eliminate the wardens at Troy and Flora.
July 14, 1957: "J.E. Cameron, about 60, was injured fatally Saturday when his tractor overturned on Wood Butte lookout, and a rear wheel passed over his body. Wallowa County Sheriff R.N. O'Brien said death was instantaneous." (The Oregonian)