Lincoln Parish Louisiana Forestry Commission 19N-3W-Sec.5
March 15, 1956: "Ten of the fires were on land owned by the T.L. James Company in the Hilly-Dubach area. One of these was set at the very base of the Louisiana Forestry Commission's unused fire tower. Only good fortune saved the fire tower near Hilly from being burned down. The firefighters arrived just in time to extinguish the rapidly spreading flames racing toward the structure." (Ruston Leader)
November 2, 1961: "Perched precariously atop a 100-foot tower located on one of the highest spots in the north part of Lincoln Parish, Leo Reynolds keeps a sharp eye on parish woodlands Reynolds is tower man for the Lincoln Parish Unit of the Louisiana Forestry Commission, and in that capacity he is responsible for computing the 'burning index' which gives a reliable indication of the danger of forest fire, and for keeping a lookout for fires in the parish. The tower, only one in Lincoln parish, is located at the Hilly community and is manned every day the year around, for varying hours, depending on the burning index. When there is a great deal of fire danger, the tower man is expected to remain on duty or provide a man in the tower as much as 24 hours per day." (Ruston Leader)
November 28, 1990: "A stolen pulpwood truck was recovered and three men were arrested after a building was destroyed at the Hilly Fire Tower early Tuesday morning, Lincoln Parish Sheriff Wayne Houck said. Houck said the three men had apparently stolen the truck from U.S. Hwy. 80 West, just south of the old drive-in theater, right after midnight and drove the truck through Ruston and to the Hilly Fire Tower where they destroyed a hut used by the on-duty rangers. Sheriff's deputies Joey Burnham and George Webb were patrolling the area when they reportedly found the men near the damaged truck, Houck said. The deputies brought the trio in for questioning. Reportedly, all three men were in the truck when Powell drove into the hut, Houck added. Nilsen was charged with simple criminal damage to property and was released on $500 bond. Oliver was charged with simple criminal damage to property and unauthorized use of a moveable and was released on $1,000 bond. Powell was charged with theft over $500 and two counts of simple criminal damage to property and released on $6,000 bond." (Ruston Daily Leader)
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - HILLY LOOKOUT TOWER LFC
PID - CQ2927
COUNTRY - US
USGS QUAD - DUBACH (1985)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1952 (RCD)
THE TOWER IS ON A HIGH HILL, ABOUT 9 MILES NORTHWEST OF
RUSTON, 3.5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF DUBACH AND 1 MILE NORTHWEST
OF THE SMALL SETTLEMENT OF HILLY.
THE STEEL FRAMEWORK OF THE TOWER SUPPORTS A 6 X 6 FOOT CABIN.
THE TOWER IS ABOUT 115 FEET HIGH AND THE POINT INTERSECTED
WAS THE APEX OF THE ROOF.