1937: The 32-foot round timber tower with a 14 x 14 live-in cab was constructed by Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees from the Sheep Creek Canyon camp.
August 5, 1945: "Detection of the smoke by Buell Bennett of the Ute mountain lookout, as soon as was visible above the tree tops, allowed Ranger Leslie Taylor to dispatch men from Manila and place it under control after it had burned over approximately five acres. Approximately 150,000,000 board feet of ponderosa pine saw timber was endangered by this smoker's fire." (The Salt Lake Tribune)
2014: A re-dedication ceremony will be held on September 20 following the restoration of the tower.
Geodetic Survey Datasheet
DESCRIBED BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1961 LOCATED ABOUT 9.0 MI. SW. AIR OF MANILA, ON A TIMBERED TOP KNOWN AS UTE MOUNTAIN.
TO REACH FROM MANILA, UTAH DRIVE S. ON STATE HIGHWAY 44 FOR 9.3 MI. TO THE BENNETT RANCH, CONTINUE ON HIGHWAY 44 FOR 6.1 MI. TO A Y-RD., TURN RIGHT AND CONTINUE ON HIGHWAY 44 FOR 0.7 MI. TO A TRIANGLE RD. INTERSECTION, TURN RIGHT 0.6 MI. TO A SIGN ---UTE LOOKOUT TOWER 2---, TURN LEFT AND GO 1.2 MI. TO STATION AND LOOKOUT TOWER.
STATION MARK - A COPPER NAIL AND WASHER CENTERED UNDER THE TOWER AND CEMENTED INTO A DRILL HOLE IN A ROCK FLUSH WITH THE GROUND.