February 16, 1935: "Location of one of the four new towers to be constructed in this district by the State Forestry Commission has been selected near Chidester, according to N.K. Clemenson, district official today. Glen R. Durell, of Little Rock assistant state forester in charge of fire protection for the Arkansas State Forestry Commission, approved the site. He is on a tour over the district where three other steel towers will be constructed. The tower in this county will be two and one-half miles from Chidester on the Chidester-Stephens highway. Materials for the towers will be placed on the ground soon and work is expected to start without further delay. These new towers will add thousands of acres to the forest protected area." (Camden News)
March 21, 1935:"Construction of the Chidester steel tower of the Arkansas State Forestry Commission will start Saturday, John F. Glass, district forest ranger said this afternoon. The tower will be located on the old Lester mill company property near the old Poison Springs Civil war battlefield. It will be 100 feet high. This is one of four towers to be built in this area and will add thousands of acres of forests to the state protected area. District headquarters are here." (Camden News)
March 23, 1935: "Construction of the steel tower at Chidester, 16 miles west of Camden, for the Arkansas State Forestry Commission, will start within the next ten days or two weeks, C.A. Gillett, of Little Rock, state forester, said here today. Steel for the new tower was placed on the site today. W. Rogers, of Camp P-51, Malvern, engineering foreman, was here looking over the site and to make final arrangements for work. Several thousand acres of timberland will be placed under protection of the forestry department with erection of this tower." (Camden News)
National Geodetic Survey
DESIGNATION - POISON SPRINGS LOT
PID - DL1433
COUNTRY - US
USGS QUAD - CHIDESTER (1973)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1941 (KBJ)
THIS STATION IS A LOOKOUT TOWER OF THE ARKANSAS FORESTRY
COMMISSION, LOCATED ABOUT 8 MILES N OF CAMDEN.
THE TOWER IS OF ALL STEEL CONSTRUCTION AND HAS AN ENCLOSED
CABIN AT THE TOP. THE TOWER IS 100 FEET HIGH.