August 5, 1939: "Three new stations have been established during the past season. Elk Mountain, Boulder Hill, and Summit and others are being considered. The new stations are of all steel construction. Some of them are 67 1/2 feet in height, with a seven by seven square cab built at the top for an observation tower, and others are 30 foot steel towers, with a 14 by 14-foot square cab, providing living quarters for the attendant." (Lead Daily Call)
1940: An Aermotor steel tower with 7x7 observation cab was erected.
1941: A notched corner log cabin, which included two rooms and a garage, was built for the lookout staff living quarters
September 28, 1941: "Floor of the 7' x 7' cabin is 76 1/2 feet above the ground." (Caption with photo of this date)
July 21, 1945: "Spotting fires isn't the only job that Minnie Cooper, lookout on Elk Mountain, takes care of. She spotted a huge lynx a short time ago, and Sunday was able to get the animal. The large cat was 23 inches tall and 41 inches in length. For some time the animal had been getting some of her chickens, so last Sunday she kept her chickens in a coop, and waited with her .22 rifle until the cat showed up, and then put an end to the chicken killer. The county offers a bounty of $10 on the lynx, which she says will help pay for a few of the chickens it had been getting." (Lead Daily Call)
2002: The Elk Mountain fire burned over the top of the mountain destroying everything but the steel tower.
July 12, 2011: The lookout was evacuated when the 'Whoopup Fire' burned over the top of the mountain. The tower was saved by several retardant drops.