Ripley County Mark Twain National Forest 23N-1W-13
1936: A 100-foot steel tower erected.
January 31, 1946: "The recent transfer of William J. Martin from the Winona Ranger Station has been announced by the Winona Office. Martin has been employed in the Winona District for several years as a Lookout and Fire Control Aide. The transfer was necessary because of the return of Forest Service employees from military service. In his new position Martin will be located at Briar Lookout Station on the Doniphan District as Lookout-Dispatcher. Edward R. Cunningham has moved from Centerville to fill Martin's position at Winona." (Shannon County Democrat)
January 14, 1965: "Mr. and Mrs. Thorton McNew of Grandin announce the engagement of their daughter, Doris Ann, to Bob Taylor of Ellsinore. The prospective bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Taylor of Ellsinore. He is a graduate of Ellsinore High School and is presently employed at the Briar fire lookout tower." (The Current Local)
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - BRIAR=BRIAR LOT PID - GE0801 STATE/COUNTY- MO/RIPLEY COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - BARDLEY (1965) STATION DESCRIPTION
DESCRIBED BY US ENGINEERS 1956 (OSR) THE STATION IS LOCATED ABOUT 11 MILES WEST-NORTHWEST OF DONIPHAN, 7-3/4 MILES NORTH-NORTHEAST OF GATEWOOD, NEAR THE EAST CENTER OF SECTION 13, T 23 N, R 1 W. IT IS A TRIANGULATION DISK OF THE U.S. ENGINEERS, STAMPED BRIAR, CEMENTED IN THE TOP OF A 6 INCH SQUARE CONCRETE POST. IT IS FLUSH WITH THE SURFACE OF THE GROUND, AND WAS SET AT THE CENTER OF THE BASE OF THE BRIAR LOOKOUT TOWER. A TRAVERSE CONNECTION WAS MADE FROM TRIANGULATION STATION BRIAR, AND THE DISTANCE WAS FOUND TO BE 23.046 METERS (75.61 FEET).