c.1942: "Peters Creek Lookout Station, U.S. Forest Service. Excellent views of surrounding country to the south, southeast, and southwest. Visitors welcome; parking facilities. About 7 miles northwest of Cave-in-Rock." ("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.