c.1942: "Deputy Lookout Station, U.S. Forest Service, 100 foot steel tower. Excellent view of surrounding country from lookout cab. About 2 1/2 miles northeast of Brownfield." ("Illinois Ozark Region - Historic Development of County Names, etc.....")
August 18, 1972: An advertisement was published in the 'Southern Illinoisan' for bids for the sale of this and seven other steel lookout towers on the Shawnee National Forest.