c.1907: Plans were started on the development of a fire lookout station on the summit of Fairview, a 12,900-foot peak north of Pitkin.
1908 -09: A trail, telephone line and a stone lookout house were constructed under the direction of Ranger Jack Cammann.
1910-14: The lookout was staffed, as one of the earliest lookouts, it was found to be inadequate and abandoned for better sites. Another factor in the abandonment was the prevalence of lightning during storms and the fear of the lose of life.
1919: :Mount Fairview, the highest peak on the Forest, affords from its summit a magnificent panoramic view of mountains, forests, and plains. The round trip to the summit may be made on horseback from Pitkin in a day. On this peak is a Forest Service lookout, where a man is stationed during dry periods in the summer to watch for fires." (Vacation Days in Colorado's National Forests, 1919)