Phelps County Mark Twain National Forest 34N-10W-3
February 7, 1937: "Plans are being completed for the erection of a temporary lookout tower about three miles southeast of Big Piney, in the Piney ranger district of the Gardner national forest. They will call for an open 'crows nest' atop a forty foot pine pole. The nest, five feet square and with three foot walls, will not be permanently roofed, but will have a canvas covering which can be shifted around to cover the observer and protect the instruments in the basket. The nest, fashioned of electrically welded angle iron, has already been built at the Blooming Rose CCC camp, and will soon be taken to its permanent site and hoisted to the top of the pole by tackle. Forestry officials state that if this type of look-out proves successful, a large number of them will be constructed over the area before the next fire season." (The News and Tribune)
November 4, 1938: "Kenneth Jackson in charge, Joe Turner and Pershing Snodgrass who was recently sent out." (The Oak Tree - Civilian Conservation Corps newspaper of Company 1732, U.S.F.S. Camp F-9)
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - PINEY PID - HD1044 STATE/COUNTY- MO/PHELPS COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - BIG PINEY (1978)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1947 (FRG) THE STATION IS LOCATED ABOUT 13-1/2 MILES SOUTHEAST OF WAYNESVILLE, ABOUT 6-1/2 MILES SOUTHEAST OF FT. LEONARD WOOD, ABOUT 2-1/2 MILES EAST OF THE BIG PINEY RIVER, AT THE PINEY LOOKOUT TOWER (FOREST SERVICE), IN THE MARK TWAIN NATIONAL FOREST. IT IS 93 FEET EAST-NORTHEAST OF THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE FOREST SERVICE HOUSE, 34 FEET WEST-NORTHWEST OF A FENCE, AND 49.37 FEET SOUTHWEST OF THE LOOKOUT TOWER. THE DISK IS STAMPED PINEY 1947 AND IS SET FLUSH WITH THE GROUND. (NOTE- THE LOOKOUT TOWER HAS BEEN BLOWN DOWN BUT IT IS TO BE REBUILT USING THE SAME FOUNDATION AND ANCHOR BOLTS).
TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE JUNCTION OF U.S. HIGHWAY 66 AND STATE HIGHWAY 17 IN WAYNESVILLE, GO EAST ON HIGHWAY 66 FOR 11.25 MILES TO THE JUNCTION OF COUNTY ROUTE J. TURN RIGHT ON ROUTE J AND GO 0.1 MILE TO STATION CLEMENTINE 1946 ON THE RIGHT. HERE TURN RIGHT AND FOLLOW ROUTE J FOR 5.95 MILES TO STATION SPRINGCREEK ON THE RIGHT. CONTINUE SOUTH FOR 2.15 MILES TO THE SPRING CREEK POST OFFICE ON THE LEFT. CONTINUE SOUTH, ALONG THE BANK OF THE RIVER FOR 2.8 MILES TO A FORK. TAKE THE RIGHT FORK, UP HILL, AND GO 1.95 MILES TO THE FOREST SERVICE HOUSE ON THE RIGHT AND THE STATION AS DESCRIBED.