April 1, 1954: "The Aden fire tower about 8 miles north pf McLeansboro has one important distinction over other fire towers in the state of Illinois--it is 'manned' by the only female lookout in the Department of Conservation. Mrs. Marshall (Florence) Musgrave of Aden is the first woman in the history of the Illinois Division of Forestry to serve as lookout from one of the fire towers. However, it is getting to be a common practice to appoint women lookouts in the western states. Mrs. Musgrave received her appointment in September, 1953 and has been on duty at the fire tower daily during the fire season ever since." (Mt. Vernon Register-News)
August 11, 1975: An invitation to bid on the demolition of the lookout at this location was published in the 'Southern Illinoisan'.
February 17, 1980: "Sealed Bid Openings, 2:00 p.m. March 25, 1980" "The property offered for sale consists of 3 acres, more or less, located one mile west of Aden, Illinois on Route 242, formerly known as the Aden Fire Tower site. Award will be made to the highest responsible bidder whose bid equals or exceeds Four Thousand Nine Hundred ($4,900.) dollars and conforms to the requirements contained in the bid document." (Southern Illinoisan)
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - ADEN LOOKOUT TOWER PID - JB1729 STATE/COUNTY- IL/HAMILTON COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - BELLE PRAIRIE CITY (1974)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1961 (CAA) THE STATION IS LOCATED ABOUT 3.5 MILES WEST OF ADEN AND ABOUT 2 MILES NORTHEAST OF BELLE PRAIRIE CITY.
TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE INTERSECTION OF STATE HIGHWAY 142 AND ADEN ROAD WHICH IS ABOUT 10 MILES NORTH OF MCLEANSBORO, GO EAST ON ADEN ROAD FOR 1.0 MILE TO THE STATION ON THE RIGHT.
THE STATION IS A FOUR LEGGED STEEL TOWER WITH A METAL CABIN ON TOP THE OVERALL HEIGHT JB1729'IS ABOUT 110 FEET TO THE TOP. THE POINT INTERSECTED IS THE TOP OF THE METAL CABIN.