April 12, 1928: "The Texas Forest Service, in co-operation with the Southern Pine Lumber Company and the Houston County Timber Company, has just completed the erection of two steel towers for forest fire detection purposes. Each tower is 90 feet in height, equipped with ladders and landing platforms and surmounted with a glass enclosed cabin 8 1-2 feet sq. One tower is located at Ratcliff in western Houston County and the other on Bird Mountain in southeastern Anderson County." (Alto Herald)
July 1928: "Two 90-foot steel lookout towers have been completed this season by the Texas Forest Service in cooperation with the Southern Pine Lumber Co. and the Houston County Timber Co. They are located at Ratcliff, in eastern Houston County, and on Bird Mountain, in southeastern Anderson County. Each is surmounted by a glass-inclosed cabin 8 1/2 feet square." (The Forest Worker)
August 15, 1946: "Forest Patrolman L.P. Johnson, of the Bird Mountain forest fire lookout tower reported one forest fire with one acre of forest land burned over, M.V. Dunmire, District Forester reports." (The Rusk Cherokeean)
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - BIRD MTN TEX FOREST S LOT 1942 PID - BY2721 STATE/COUNTY- TX/ANDERSON COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - DENSON SPRINGS (1982)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1942 (FBQ) STATION IS ABOUT 8 MILES E OF SLOCUM, NEAR THE N END OF A HIGH N-S TIMBERED RIDGE AND 27.140 METERS, 89.04 FEET, NNE OF TRIANGULATION STATION BIRD.
STATION IS THE STANDARD TYPE STEEL LOOKOUT TOWER, CONSISTING OF A SQUARE HOUSE ON A 4-LEGGED TRUSSWORK SUPPORTING TOWER AND BELONGING TO THE TEXAS FOREST SERVICE. IT IS ABOUT 90 FEET HIGH AND IS PAINTED GRAY.
IT WAS LOCATED BY TRAVERSE FROM STATION BIRD AND THE POINT LOCATED WAS THE CENTER OF THE TOWER. THIS IS AN INTERSECTION STATION.