July 5, 1928: "Ball Mt. Lookout. James Dysert man this in emergencies." (Chronological History of the Klamath National Forest, Vol. III, 1921-1930)
July 1, 1934: Panorama photos taken.
July 10, 1935: "The Ball Mountain Lookout site (Shasta Forest) was surveyed by Ranger Kreischer and negotiations started for purchase of 20 acres. (Author's note: The Shasta Forest ended up buying the entire section 25, T45N, R3W, M.D.M. for $500. Deed dated September 26, 1936 from West Macdoel Timber Co.) The old tower was located on leased land." (Chronological History of the Klamath National Forest, Vol. IV, 1931-1940)
October 3, 1940: "The Leaf CCC Camp reports on several projects under way on the Goosenest Ranger District. Ball Mountain Project. The construction of a new thirty-foot Lookout tower on Ball Mountain is well along, and it is contemplated that the structure will be 75 percent completed before the winter shut down. Brushing has been completed on the Ball Mountain road extending from the Mt. Hebron-Montague road north along the main divide approximately six miles preliminary to grading next summer." (Chronological History of the Klamath National Forest, Vol. IV, 1931-1940)
October 31, 1960: "Tom Winteringham Recollections:
When Ed Jereb, the Klamath Forest Engineer, was fairly new to the
Klamath, he, Charlie Yates, and Les Clark were doing an inspection of
the Ball Mountain Lookout. This was a box-like structure some 60 feet
tall, down one side of which hung a Jacob's ladder that was the fire
escape. Charlie told Ed this is the way to get to the top and to go
first. When Ed was well on his way to the top, Charlie and Les used the
inside stairs and met Ed as he climbed over the guard rail. Ed was out
of breath and somewhat miffed, but he learned that it was not always
necessary to take Charlie seriously." (Chronological History of the Klamath National Forest, Vol. VIII, 1959-1960)
The NGS Data Sheet
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1952 (WRH) THE STATION IS LOCATED ABOUT 18 MILES AIRLINE EAST OF MONTAGUE, 10 MILES NORTH OF THE GRASS LAKE RAILROAD SIDING, AND 7 MILES SOUTHWEST OF THE MACDOEL RAILROAD SIDING, ON THE HIGHEST PART OF A HIGH TIMBERED RIDGE KNOWN AS BALL MOUNTAIN.
THE LOOKOUT HOUSE IS A STANDARD FOREST SERVICE LOOKOUT HOUSE, A TWO STORY, 14 FOOT SQUARE BUILDING ABOUT 25 FEET HIGH. THE CENTER OF THE HOUSE WAS INTERSECTED.