1939: The Civilian Conservation Corp erected a unique log tower with observation cab.
August 25, 1948: "Between 75 and 80 men battled Tuesday night to control a fire 25 miles south of Deadwood and Lead in the Black Hills National Forest on the highest fire danger-day of the season. The fire was believed to have been caused by a cigaret carelessly tossed along the road. It was definately man-caused. It was under control by 10:30 p.m. It was discovered by Wesley Groshong, emergency lookout at the Veterans Tower near Sturgis, who relayed its location to Custer town lookout. Ranger Orlo Jackson, Nemo, who was in Deadwood, left immediately for the fire." (Deadwood Pioneer-Times)
April 24, 1962: "Also manned is the Veterans Peak lookout, southwest of Sturgis. Royce Coffield, Nemo, is stationed there." (Lead Daily Call)