February 24, 1938: "Work has been started on the site for the new tower on Tram Ridge. The lookout station will be known as Tram Tower and will be located at a point 4 miles southwest of Winona and 4 miles southeast of Bartlett. The structure now in use at Possum Trot will be used at the new location. Tram Tower will be a great help in locating fires in the northern part of the district." (Shannon County Democrat)
April 21, 1938: "The fire-detection tower at Possum Trot has been torn down, and will be re-erected on the Tram Ridge within the next few days." (Shannon County Democrat)
April 28, 1938: "Work on the erection of the Tram Tower has been started. A Forest Service Truck trail and metallic telephone line will be constructed to the new site." (Shannon County Democrat)
May 19, 1938: "Plans are being made to improve the site at Tram Tower. Towerman's cabin, out-buildings, water system and general landscaping will be undertaken." (Shannon County Democrat)
July 14, 1938: "Excavation for the basement of the Lookout Dwelling at Tram Tower is under way. Improvements at this lookout site will include: lookout dwelling, combination garage and workshop, site fence, cistern and latrine." (Shannon County Democrat)
July 11, 1940: "Mr. and Mrs. Willie Martin moved from the Tram Tower to the High Tower one day recently." (Shannon County Democrat)
DESIGNATION - TRAM LOOKOUT TOWER PID - GE0827 STATE/COUNTY- MO/SHANNON COUNTRY - US USGS QUAD - LOW WASSIE (1997)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1962 (VBM) STATION IS THE CENTER OF THE TOP OF THE CLARK NATIONAL FOREST LOOKOUT TOWER LOCATED ABOUT 3 MILES SOUTHWEST OF WINONA AND ABOUT 7 MILES EAST OF BIRCH TREE. IT IS NEAR THE LINE BETWEEN SECTIONS 26 AND 27, T 29 N, R 4 W. IT IS A FOUR-LEGGED STEEL STRUCTURE WITH AN ENCLOSED OBSERVATION ROOM AT THE TOP AND THE OVER-ALL HEIGHT IS ABOUT 75 FEET.
TO REACH FROM THE JUNCTION OF U.S. HIGHWAY 60 AND STATE HIGHWAY 19 ABOUT 1 MILE WEST OF WINONA, GO SOUTH ON HIGHWAY 19 FOR 0.75 MILE TO A GRAVELED ROAD RIGHT. TURN RIGHT AND GO WEST AND SOUTHWEST ON GRAVELED ROAD FOR 1.3 MILES TO A FORK. TAKE RIGHT FORK AND GO SOUTHWEST ON GRAVELED ROAD FOR 0.7 MILE TO THE LOOKOUT TOWER.