June 2, 1939: "Tower No. 8, Maydelle State Forest, on State Forest No. 3, four miles southwest of Maydelle." (The Rusk Cherokeean)
February 14, 1946: "During January there occurred in Cherokee County 9 forest fires which burned over 901 acres of forest land. Forest Patrolman Ray Sides at the Maydelle lookout tower reported and suppressed one of these fires caused by an incendiarist." (The Rusk Cherokeean)
April 11, 1946: "The forest fire record for March in Cherokee County doubled that of the two previous months of the year. There were during March 34 forest fires which burned over 2694 acres of forest land. Forest patrolman Roy Sides of the Maydelle lookout tower handled seven of the fires." (The Rusk Cherokeean)
May 9, 1946: "The forest fire record for April in Cherokee County was fair says M.V. Dunmire, District Forester. There were during April, 5 forest fires which burned over 30 acres of forest land. Forest Patrolman Ray Sides of the Maydelle lookout tower handled one of the fires." (The Rusk Cherokeean)
January 17, 1952: "Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Benge are moving to Maydelle where Mr. Benge will take over the fire tower there. We regret losing these good people but hope they will be happy in their new home. Mr. Benge has been manager of the Alto fire tower here." (The Alto Herald)
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - MAYDELLE TEXAS FOREST SERV LOT PID - BY2737 STATE/COUNTY- TX/CHEROKEE COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - MAYDELLE (1982)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1942 (FBQ) STATION IS ABOUT 18 MILES E OF PALESTINE, 4 MILES W OF MAYDELLE AND 0.1 MILE N OF U.S. HIGHWAY 84.
IT IS A STANDARD-TYPE STEEL LOOKOUT TOWER, PAINTED GRAY AND IS ABOUT 110 FEET HIGH. IT WAS BUILT IN 1933.
THE POINT LOCATED WAS THE APEX OF THE PYRAMIDAL ROOF OF THE TOWER.